Goals cannot hide the fact Harry Kane is getting further away from being crowned a champion at Tottenham

James Robson
·4-min read
 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Harry Kane is awesome – Tottenham are not.

It is as simple as that.

Had Kane been wearing blue at Goodison Park then Everton would have won the match comfortably.

As impressive as Hugo Lloris was in keeping Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Josh King at bay, Kane would not have given him the chance to be Spurs’ saviour.

That is because the England captain is arguably the best striker in the world – and increasingly the thought is how long he will be prepared to put up with nights like this.

No other player has scored as many Premier League goals as him without winning a title.

His two here saw him overtake Robbie Fowler – who previously held that dubious record – in all-time scoring chart on 164 before a late injury caused concern for Spurs ahead of the Carabao Cup Final.

He is only the fourth player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season on five or more occasions – joining Alan Shearer, Sergio Aguero and Thierry Henry, all title winners.

The concern for Kane is that he is getting further away from being crowned a champion, rather than closer.

Next week’s Carabao Cup Final might present him with a nice day out, providing he is fit - but a player of his talent should be challenging on the biggest stage.

So, as he limped off the Goodison pitch – while he might reflect on another night of personal triumph, clocking up his 30th and 31st goals of the campaign and a career-best 47 goal contributions – he could rightly ask if Everton represent a better bet going forward than Spurs.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team are upwardly mobile, while Spurs are being drawn back into the pack.

They are just a point behind Tottenham with a game in hand.

POOL/AFP via Getty Images
POOL/AFP via Getty Images

More telling is the direction of travel.

Over the six seasons Spurs have finished on average 20 points better off than Everton.

This season they are in serious danger of being overtaken by the Merseysiders.

One of Everton’s stars on the night was former Real Madrid winger James, who was outstanding in the first half in particular.

In contrast, Spurs had another man from Madrid in Gareth Bale, warming the bench yet again as his dream homecoming continues to fizzle out.

Everton are a club that look as if they are building towards something.

Spurs feel like they are trying to slow the decline as well as they can.

Keeping Kane is absolutely pivotal to that.

POOL/AFP via Getty Images
POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Spurs managed just three shots on target – two of them from Kane, which yielded the goals that secured a point. He also hit the woodwork, which might have provided a winner.

Former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both of Everton’s goals – equalising from the spot after Kane’s first half opener – and then firing the home side in front before Kane then levelled the game again.

Where would Spurs be without him?

Well they are seventh and in danger of slipping even with him leading the line. The alternative does not bear thinking about.

Time’s up for Bale

The Gareth Bale experiment has not worked.

Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

There is little he can now do to put forward any case for Tottenham to try to make his homecoming a permanent one.

It was on Spurs’ last visit to Goodison that questions were raised as to whether he would ever play for the club again after missing out on the trip entirely with a latest fitness issue. And save for a fleeting goal spree between February and March, it has been much the same from the Welshman.

Spurs simply cannot get him on the pitch often enough – be it down to his own fitness or Mourinho’s lack of faith in him.

To justify his wages, Bale has to be starting 80 per cent of Spurs’ games at least – and having a meaningful impact. Frankly, he has to be Kane – and he is not.

All eyes on the cup

If Kane has to carry a heavy weight on his shoulders, here was a reminder of Hugo Lloris’ enduring value to Spurs.

The captain was responsible for ensuring Everton were not out of sight by half-time after being given precious little protection from those in front of him.

In the second half, too, he came up with a vital save to deny Josh King from immediately finding the back of the net after coming on as a substitute.

Read More

Harry Kane injury: Tottenham star limps off vs Everton ahead of Carabao Cup Final

Tottenham player ratings vs Everton: Same old story for Harry Kane and Spurs

Harry Kane told by Alan Shearer that it’s likely ‘this summer or never’ for Tottenham exit