Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored his first goal of the year in the 2-0 victory over West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Kane beat Fabian Balbuena for pace and netted for the first time this calendar year to put the game beyond the Hammers.
Frank McAvennie praised the striker after the game and said “it is great to see him back” for club and country.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham forward claimed Kane will have been “licking his lips” ahead of the clash with the Irons.
McAvennie told football writer Dylan Childs: “It is great for him to get the goal. I like the way he goes about his business. He’s not afraid to drop off get the ball and play with people and he is always in the box when the ball comes in.”
“For England and Tottenham it is great to see him back. He was on the fringes against Man United but you could see his sharpness last night.
“Mourinho has unbelievable faith in him. There was talk of him not playing last night but the best way a striker can get fit is by playing games. That is the only way to do it.
“He must have been licking his lips before the game and there is no way he would have let Mourinho leave him out because he will have fancied scoring against them!”
It is difficult to disagree with McAvennie on this one, as Kane insisted he would be back better than ever before after the nationwide lockdown.
West Ham have shockingly conceded the third highest amount of goals so far, which would have caught Kane’s attention heading into the game.
The England international would have surely fancied his chances of scoring on Tuesday night, as he had found the back of the net eight times beforehand.
Mourinho’s side are currently seventh in the table, four points away from Manchester United, and six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
The Portuguese will need Kane to be at his very best if his team are to challenge for European football next season.
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