Harry Kane revealed after the 5-1 win over Mura in the Europa Conference League that he had not talked with Nuno Espirito Santo about whether he would come off the bench ahead of time.
Whether the Spurs head coach always planned to hand Kane some minutes or whether it was in reaction to Mura scoring a goal from nowhere, only he could answer.
However, the introduction of Kane, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura certainly did the trick on Thursday night as Tottenham then romped to victory.
Moura assisted Kane for a neat toe-poke finish, then Son square a second for him and Lo Celso threaded a pass through for the third. 29 minutes, Harry Kane hat-trick.
While the Spurs striker claimed it was nice to come off the bench and score three, he added that Tottenham made the match harder than they needed to on the night.
He told BT Sport 2 at 22:05: “We started the game really well, went two ahead, but we lost our way a little bit. They scored a great goal.
“We made it harder than we neded to.
“It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.”
On whether his introduction was planned, he added: “We hadn’t spoken about it. It was all depending on how the game was going.
“The momentum shifted in their favour. It was about coming on and doing a job for the team.
“Us as players and staff need to stick together and work hard. Our recent form has not been great but we need to try to turn it around next game.
“Every striker wants to score goals. I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today but it’s nice to get the minutes. Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully, we can take it into the weekend.”
On whether he is running out of space for all his match balls, he said: “No, there’s always room for more. Hopefully, a few more this season.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I suspect Nuno always wanted to give minutes to Kane, Son and Moura, but in the end, it was more of a necessity. Tottenham’s fringe players not being able to win that game convincingly goes a long way to sum up the problems in North London.
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