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 By John Crace

Spurs' Harry Kane rediscovers Golden Boot form in frantic win over Leicester

An open game that often felt more like beach football than a Premier League match ended with Tottenham narrowly edging the three points over Leicester. At 3-1 down early in the second half, Spurs looked dead and buried, but a remarkable comeback saw the hosts score three goals inside 12 minutes to take the lead. Jamie Vardy equalised to make it 4-4 but Harry Kane -- who else? -- sealed a 5-4 win that gives Spurs their third top-three finish in as many seasons.


In a game in which little was at stake, Spurs showed a great deal of character to come back from two goals down to claim victory and end their yearlong stay at Wembley on a high. Kane looked near to his best and Kyle Walker-Peters also impressed at right-back.


The less said about the defending, the better. With Jan Vertonghen picking up an injury in the warmup, the back four was hastily rearranged with Eric Dier playing alongside Toby Alderweireld at the centre of the defence. The new lineup never looked at ease with one another, with everyone guilty of slack marking and giving the ball away unnecessarily.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Although Mauricio Pochettino is yet to win a trophy at White Hart Lane, it's hard to fault a manager who has taken the team to three Champions League qualifications in a row. Especially when Spurs have a budget so much smaller than the other top-six clubs. But Pochettino is not without his blind spots. Quite what he sees in Moussa Sissoko is a mystery, and his unwillingness to bring on Davinson Sanchez much earlier in the game to shore up a self-destructive defence just seemed perverse.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Hugo Lloris, 7 -- No keeper is happy with letting in four goals, but there was little that Lloris could do to stop any of them. But did his bit by making two great saves -- one in each half -- to keep Spurs in the game.

DF Kyle Walker-Peters, 7 -- Started poorly by failing to pick up Vardy for Leicester's first goal, but thereafter settled down and used his pace well to send over the crosses for two of Spurs' goals. On this evidence, he will be pushing Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier for a regular first-team place next season.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 6 -- Given a rare start, and his rustiness showed. Missed a tackle in the buildup to Leicester's second goal and often looked unnerved by the pace of the visitors' forwards. Made one crucial second-half intervention.

DF Eric Dier, 5 -- Was obviously thrown by having to play at centre-back rather than in his preferred role of central midfield, and looked out of sorts and indecisive throughout. Made several weak defensive headers and allowed Leicester far too much freedom.

DF Danny Rose, 7 -- Was a potent attacking threat, especially in the second half, and Leicester never looked comfortable when he was on the ball. But Rose was frequently caught out of position in defence and the visitors took full advantage.

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Tottenham.
Harry Kane scored twice in Tottenham's 5-4 comeback win over Leicester City.

MF Victor Wanyama, 6 -- A mixed game. At times he looked peerless in winning the 50-50 balls and shrugging off the Leicester midfield, but on too many other occasions he gave the ball away needlessly. Needs to concentrate more.

MF Moussa Sissoko, 6 -- As so often, he did a reasonable job in breaking up play but added nothing creatively. His first instinct is still to slow the game down and when he did have an opportunity to release players his passes invariably went astray.

MF Lucas Moura, 7 -- Given a rare run out and showed some glimpses of the player he could become with his willingness to run at defenders. Picked out a peach of a ball to set up the move that led to Erik Lamela's second goal.

MF Christian Eriksen, 7 -- Not his most influential game creatively, but he worked hard throughout and was even to be found tracking and tackling back. Not something you often find the Danish international doing.

MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Very much a game of two halves. In the first 45 minutes, he was poor, all too frequently giving the ball away or going sideways. In the second half he upped his game, scored two goal and got away the rebound shot that Christian Fuchs diverted into his own net.

FW Harry Kane, 7 -- Not a moment too soon with the World Cup coming in little more than a month, Kane looked back to something like his best. Took both his goals well and took his Premier League tally to 30. If he hadn't been injured, he would have surely won the Golden Boot.


MF Dele Alli, NR -- Kept possession well and was generally willing to get involved, but failed to consistently pick out the right pass when teammates were in space.

DF Davinson Sanchez, NR -- Brought on late to help defend the lead, and Spurs looked a much better organised unit as a result.

MF Son Heung-Min, NR -- Had a couple of tricky half-chances in the short time he was on the field, but his first touch let him down.

John Crace is one of ESPN FC's Tottenham bloggers. Follow him on Twitter @JohnJCrace.


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