If it wasn’t already obvious, Harry Kane reminded everyone at Tottenham of his importance with a late brace against West Ham.
Spurs came back from being 2-1 down in the 89th minute to win 3-2 thanks to two goals from the England striker, after Harry Winks had earlier equalised for the Lilywhites.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect from the 23-year-old, and not just in terms of the game. Kane has been in the headlines all week, but only to be linked with a move away from the club.
It’s reported that the forward wants a pay rise to rival international team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, both of whom earn around £120,000 a week – twice what Kane picks up from Spurs.
However, his latest quotes in the Mirror seem to suggest he’s pretty happy at White Hart Lane.
“Hopefully we will have no issues with the contract,” he said.
“I am happy at the club and want to be here for a long, long time. We are in talks and I’m sure we will get something sorted.
“We’ve got a great young team, new training ground, new stadium being built, great young manager. The future is very bright. It’s important that we keep hold of all our players and keep building on this great team that we have.
“For us, now it’s to start winning trophies and competitions – that’s the next step.”
Manchester United and AC Milan are among the many clubs linked with an audacious bid for the Golden Boot winner in the summer, but it seems there’s little chance of that happening if Kane is happy to commit.
The challenge for chairman Daniel Levy is to make his star man feel valued, even if he is not willing to break his policy on wages.