Kane talks up strength of Tottenham squad with everyone moving in right direction
PUBLISHED: 22:30 11 August 2019
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The Spurs forward discussed Christian Eriksen and the club's new signings Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso
Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur have the required firepower at their disposal to enjoy a strong season and not falter towards the final few months of the campaign like they have in recent years.
During the last couple of terms, Mauricio Pochettino's team have been in the running for the Premier League title, but fallen away around February and March time.
After failing to make a signing for 18 months, Spurs were active again in the transfer market this summer with Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso signing before the window shut on Thursday.
Kane, who struck twice in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, is confident it will make a big difference.
The Tottenham vice-captain said: "That's why we buy players, to strengthen the squad and have more competition for places, and that's what we've got.
"We've got a good, hungry squad. Everyone's fit and ready to go. The players that came on have to try to make an impact and they did. It's important for us if we're going to have a good season.
"Of course it's just the start now but throughout the winter time when loads of games are popping up we need everyone to contribute as much as possible."
July recruit Ndombele announced his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a fine second half showing and a wonderful equaliser from 25-yards.
The crowd were introduced to Sessegnon and Lo Celso as well, who both joined on deadline day and were long-term targets of manager Pochettino.
It will be a few weeks before the former is back in contention due to a hamstring issue, but Argentinian Lo Celso will hope to be involved at Manchester City on Saturday assuming he comes through this week's training with no problems.
Kane added: "I haven't really had a chance to see Ryan and Gio train, but I obviously look forward to that next week, settling them in and I'm sure they'll want to come and make a big impact as well.
"Everyone here is trying to move in the right direction and that's what we're trying to do."
One player who made a big impact on the opening day was Christian Eriksen, despite having to be content with a place on the bench.
Talk continues to speculate regarding his future, with the Dane admitting in June he wanted a new challenge, but no bids have been submitted for the playmaker.
With the European transfer window not shutting until September 2, there is still time for Eriksen to leave, but on Saturday he showed his commitment to the team.
"Obviously I've been playing with Chris now for five or six years and we all know the qualities he has: the assists, the passes, the goals," Kane said.
"Whether he starts or is on the bench, the most important thing from all of our points of view is that he gives everything for the team.
"Obviously there's been speculation about his future but as long as he's training hard and playing as hard as he can when he's here, that's all we can ask for. What will be, will be but we're happy to have him."
For Kane, Saturday will always be a special and memorable day with the forward scoring back at the club's new stadium for the first time.
He suffered ankle ligament damage in April - in only his second game there - and so had to wait until this season for the chance to score in Tottenham again.
After not netting against Inter Milan in a friendly at the start of this month, Kane's next chance was against Villa and he eventually got off the mark at the new ground in N17.
Erik Lamela's effort was blocked and the ball ricocheted into the Spurs number 10 with 86 on the clock and he rifled beyond Tom Heaton to break his mini drought at the new stadium.
Kane admitted: "It's something I've been thinking about for a while. I missed a few games towards the back end of last season and had the summer to think about what that would be like. It was nice to do it and help the team to get a victory."