Former Hull City defender Alex Bruce has praised Harry Kane for his performance in the 2-0 win against West Ham United on Tuesday and blasted those that criticised the striker before the match.
Such is the standard that Kane has set over the last six years that it does not take more than a few games without scoring for the striker to be questioned.
After a lacklustre performance in Tottenham’s first game back following the resumption of the top flight against Manchester United, there were once again concerns being aired about the 26-year-old not looking like his old self.
Jose Mourinho leapt to his striker’s defence ahead of the derby against the Hammers, pointing out that it was the England captain’s first competitive game in six months (Football.London).
The Spurs boss even suggested that he would not be surprised to see the striker find the back of the net against David Moyes’ side, a prediction that came true.
Bruce was left impressed with how Kane turned on the afterburners late in the match and the composure he showed to bury his chance to double Tottenham’s advantage over the Hammers.
Speaking to Football Insider, the pundit said: “The one person who stood out the other night, because of all the criticism which I thought I was absolutely ridiculous, was Harry Kane.
“The way he bounced back showed his strength with a great finish and good composure in front of goal in the last minutes of the game.
“To go and burst through and slot it into the back of the net showed what a quality player he is.
“He’s been out for a long period of time and to have criticism after just one game I thought was ridiculous.”
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Kane has always needed a few games to hit his stride and there is no reason to expect it would be any different this time. However, that goal against the Hammers will do his confidence a world of good. I would not be surprised if that strike opens the floodgates for the England captain until the end of the season.
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