Spurs got themselves a much needed 2-1 win away to Brighton this weekend and afterward England captain Harry Kane admitted that on an individual basis this was the first time this season that he was fully happy with his own performance.
The North London club had lost three on the bounce heading into their fixture at the AmEx, with the form of striker Kane causing much debate in recent weeks.
Many observers have been speculating recently that the talismanic frontman may be suffering from burnout after playing so much football in recent seasons, but the 25-year-old – who scored a first-half penalty and looked sharp throughout – insisted that having your performances constantly scrutinised is just part and parcel of being a top level striker.
“I would 100 per cent rather have the focus than not have it,” Kane told reporters after his sides victory on the South Coast.
“I have scored three goals this season which is not terrible. Obviously when you set standards in other seasons and other games, people will talk if you do not reach them and I am the first to analyse my game and see what I could do better.
“Of course I feel I could have done better in most games this season. Brighton was probably the first game I was truly happy with my all-round performance.
“I felt good. As a striker you are going to be under the microscope more than everyone else.
“That is the life of the striker. You will get chances, miss chances, feel you can hold it up better. All you can do is look forward and try and improve.
“As a striker, you go through good spells, bad spells. The most important thing for me is to work hard for the team – to do a good shift for the team. I am always pleased to score.”