The arrival of José Mourinho brought with it the usual ragtag collective of uniformed foreboders of doom, you know the drill by now; threats of bus parking and how it would all end in tears. After just the one trophy in a decade, it amused me no end that there were still some out there who didn’t know that we’d run out of Man Size tissues some considerable time ago. Sky Sports’ unintentionally oafish Paul Merson warned that Harry Kane wouldn’t score goals under the Portuguese Pulis, in truth, that ought to have been one of those seminal moments where fans began to rub their hands in glee. If Merse had foretold rain, it would have been time to buy shares in suntan lotions.
Placing a bet on Tottenham in the past was a far from certain venture, our track record stank of unreliability, however the work undertaken by Mourinho in the transfer market since his arrival last year are reasons to regard Spurs as a credible threat. The 56-year-old Portuguese has addressed all of his squad’s weaknesses, and we now have two players for every position in the squad.
However, the real reason for cheer is that tactical improvement that Mourinho has made with specific players. Perhaps the very best example of this is the explosion this season, of Harry Kane. To date, Kane has performed better than even Thierry Henry did in the 2004/5 season.
It is only when one compares the 27-year-old’s assist tally so far in 2020/21 against broader opponents does it become clear that Harry Kane is suddenly operating on a different level.
When examining Harry’s previous seasons at Tottenham, it looks increasingly likely that this season could be the England captain’s most productive yet. What Mourinho has done here is simple yet immensely effective, and is reliant upon Harry’s fantastic footballing brain and technical expertise. Gone are games where Kane was running himself into the ground trying to get a touch on a ball, enter a far more intelligent approach to the game and one which has so far produced some immensely entertaining football.
All that remains is for Spurs to finally lift some silverware, as it is implausible for Kane to keep delivering this class of action for a side that fails to win trophies. Harry Kane looks to have finally arrived. Bravo, Mourinho. Bravo…