Reinvigorated Tottenham the reward for risk of Harry Kane’s early return

Spurs players celebrate in the win over West Brom

Mbaye Diagne, who had the visiting side’s best effort just before half time, put the ball in the net twice after Spurs went two up but the offside flag was waving on both occasions. West Brom face an almost impossible task to avoid relegation. They are 13 points away from safety and rarely looked like a Premier League side here.  

Mourinho was asked afterwards about the other goalscorer, Son, and the state of contract negotiations with the South Korean. “It is not a problem,” he said.

“In this situation with the world where we are, the Covid situation, I don’t think it’s the right moment for players and clubs to discuss contracts with so many people losing jobs and not working and having difficulties.

“I believe that when the sun shines again for the world, I believe the club and Sonny are going to arrive quite easily to a conclusion.”

For Mourinho, the dark clouds disappear when Kane is out of the treatment room and on the pitch. Spurs are now only four points off the top four with a game in hand and there is still the possibility of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League. They have already booked a trip to Wembley to play Manchester City in the EFL Cup final and face Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday in a bid to claim a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The season has plenty of possibilities but so much depends on Kane. His presence will probably determine whether Mourinho’s term in north London will be successful. “He is a special player in the history of the club and will beat every possible record,” the manager said. “He is one of the best strikers in the world. There is nothing else you can say.”

It really is that simple. At the moment, the conversation at Tottenham begins and ends with Kane.

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