Not a game goes by without odious comparisons and ridiculous claims surfacing across social media. From the latest Premier League weekend, there was a glut of talking points, with Tyrone Mings wayward stamp and Zlatan Ibrahimovic administering the people’s elbow, something that went unpunished at the time, causing huge controversy.
Sam Vokes displayed his magical abilities as he won a penalty after his arm made contact with the ball against Swansea, while Arsene Wenger decided Arsenal were better off without Alexis Sanchez for their game against Liverpool. Incredible stuff.
However, Sunday’s early game saw the pick of the bunch when it came to talking points. Tottenham hosted Everton in a battle of football philosophies as Ronald Koeman’s slick side battled Mauricio Pochettino’s hard-workers. It was billed as a game that would not bore, a statement that did not need to be immediately deleted form social media, with the sides sharing five goals.
Harry Kane netted twice, with his first goal setting social media abuzz as he hammered a long range drive past the helpless Joel Robles. Romelu Lukaku halved the arrears for Everton, before Dele Alli added Tottenham’s third in injury-time. A moment later, Enner Valencia had directed the ball past Hugo Lloris for the Toffees second, but it was too little too late, as the London side claimed yet another win.
With five goals, two of which came in extra-time, the game really did live up to the tag of entertaining.
However, a far more important event happened on the pitch in the first-half, as Tottenham’s most prominent duo were at it again. Harry Kane’s thunderbolt strike had to take a back seat as, with the striker netting in the 20th minute, the forward duly began celebrating with his teammates.
What made his celebrations even more entertaining though, was his handshake with Alli. The two showed that they are a better duo than their city rivals Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with a choreographed and well-rehearsed routine that just did not go on for long enough.
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The handshake cemented the two as Tottenham and England’s next great partnership, with their telepathic relationship not confined to when the other has the ball at their feet.
Their three-goal haul took their scoring exploits to another level at the weekend, with Kane registering his 19th goal of the season, and Alli his 13th. Along with this, the two have four and three assists respectively, meaning the duo have scored over half of Tottenham’s goals this season. It is an incredible stat, and one which may come back to haunt Spurs should either – or both – pick up injuries.
For the London side, the duo have been vital, as the stats show. Alli has been allowed to push further forward after Victor Wanyama was brought into the side from Southampton, and the midfielder has flourished in a more advanced role. Kane, who many touted as a one-season wonder, must surely have brushed that tag off now, with the striker well on course to hit over 20 goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons.
Now for England, in a time where stability is at a premium, Kane and Alli can drag their nation back to where they, as founders of the game, should be. After all, the duo dominated the scoreboard, between them netting all of Spurs’ goals on the day, and winning them a vital three points.
The question now must be; what’s stopping them from doing it for England? The answer is nothing. Just look at England’s most successful duo: Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. The two midfielders, touted as among England’s very best players ever, were a fearsome partnership, but, for the good of the rest of the footballing world, the manager would always choose to play one or the other, citing that they couldn’t play together, when, in actual fact, they would have just won things too easily.
For England, though, it is about time they got back to winning ways. They have valiantly stood aside too often, letting the smaller nations, such as Spain and Germany win championships. With Kane and Alli in the team though, it might be impossible to stop the Three Lions from winning everything again.
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