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EPL: Tottenham bank on Kane, United hope Martial extends streak

While this weekend may not see a match as entertaining and controversial as last week’s Chelsea vs Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City, while Manchester United host Sunderland.

football Updated: Sep 25, 2015 17:10 IST
Govindan Kishwar
English Premier League

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester United against Ipswich Town in the League Cup third round, on September 23, 2015.(Reuters Photo)

While this weekend may not see a match as entertaining and as full of controversy as last week’s meeting between Chelsea and Arsenal, there are still some games worth a watch.

Tottenham need Kane to step up

If there was one thing Tottenham Hotspur fans felt would not be a problem this season, it would be goals. The London club found the net 58 times in the league last season, bettered only by the teams in the top four. This season, however, they have managed just five in six outings, failing to link up well in the final third.

A major portion of their goal tally in 2014-15 was thanks to Harry Kane, who was a revelation. The 22-year-old started last season as an impact substitute scoring crucial goals and quickly won over the fans. Manager Mauricio Pochettino brought Kane into the starting 11 to replace misfiring striker Roberto Soldado, and Kane repaid his manager’s faith instantly.

After a stellar 2014-15 season, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has yet to score this season. (Reuters Photo)

The England forward found the net 21 times in the league and notched up 30 goals in all competitions. This season, however, has not gone to plan as yet. Kane is yet to find the net and with forward Emmanuel Adebayor’s contract terminated and Soldado sold to Villarreal, the youngster needs to prove he is not a one-season wonder. At home against league leaders Manchester City will be the perfect proving ground.

The Sky Blues started the season in rampant form but their perfect league run was ended by West Ham last week in a 1-2 loss. Those two goals were also the first they conceded in the league, and if Kane can score against the best defense in the league this season, even a likely loss will be worth it should that be the start of a scoring run for the boy from Chingford.

Sunderland beware the new Henry…in the making

‘Anthony Martial who? United spent a record fee on a teenager barely anyone has heard of? He’s a striker?’ These were some of the questions fans and pundits were asking when the £36 million deal for the 19-year-old was announced on deadline day.

A Thierry Henry-like debut goal against Liverpool and three games later, some of the questions now being asked are: ‘Can he finish as their top scorer? Is this just luck? Will the early form fade?’ United fans will hope not. The Frenchman has scored four times in three games and is showing just why the Manchester club paid over the odds for him.

Anthony Martial scores the second goal for Manchester United in the 3-2 win vs Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium, on September 20, 2015. (Reuters Photo)

While there is a long way to go before he can truly be considered at the level of Arsenal legend Henry, Martial’s two-goal outing against Southampton in last week’s 3-1 win shows he has what it takes to get there. Fans know that the dream start to his United career will eventually end with an off match, but it is unlikely that it will be this weekend against Sunderland. The club whose home ground is called Stadium of Light have made a nightmarish start to the season and are still searching for their first win, having drawn two and lost four. United will hope that the nightmare doesn’t end at the Theatre of Dreams.