There is little doubt that when most fans think of Tottenham goals they think of Harry Kane. And the England striker will look to be among the goals once more on Saturday when Spurs host Chelsea in what has to be the pick of the Premier League fixtures of the weekend.
But while Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who are just a point behind Chelsea in fourth place in the top-flight table, have Kane, a potent force, Chelsea have to rely on Alvaro Morata spearheading their attack.
But Blues legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Chelsea, who have yet to lose a Premier League game so far this campaign, have a tricky customer in the shape of Spanish hitman Morata, who has hit six goals this term.
“Morata will score goals. He is a confidence person. He is so good at getting behind the defence and he needs to keep on doing that. Everybody says, ‘he needs to do this and needs to do that’ – but he shouldn’t concentrate on becoming something he is not. He should embrace what he has got.
“He’s not somebody who likes the contact of the centre-halves, but he shouldn’t have to play like that. If he keeps on playing to his strengths I believe he will score a lot of goals.”
That said, Hasselbaink – who plundered 87 goals for the Stamford Bridge outfit in 177 appearances – believes Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will need to recruit another attacker to turn his side into a team able to lift the title.
The Dutchman, who had a four-year spell at Chelsea after signing from Atlético Madrid in 2000, added:
“I think every club that is going to challenge for the Premier League needs three strikers. And for me Chelsea still have a gap to close on Manchester City, who are top with Liverpool in second place, but they are improving and if they can keep on improving they can hopefully catch them.
“Sarri has changed the way they play totally. They now play more in the defensive third of the opposition. They have the ball 60 or 70 per cent of the time – that was totally different last year.”
The other striker on whom Sarri can call is, of course, Olivier Giroud – recruited from London rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window. But the France attacker hasn’t enjoyed a prolific spell (Sarri seems to keep him on the subs’ bench) at the club and has only scored once this season when he headed home in the 1-0 Europa League win at BATE Borisov.
Yet Giroud, who scored from the spot to give France a 1-0 win over Uruguay midweek, is happy to stay and fight for his place, dismissing talk he wants to quit to gain more first team action. He said:
“I feel like I’m going back a few months with these questions, so I asked the same questions before the World Cup. I’m at peace, happy with this title of world champion, and that’s the best thing I could do in my career, I’m putting a lot of things in perspective.
“I do not need to put a lot of pressure on me to have more play time. Of course, I want more play time, I’m a competitor, I want to play, I’m in a big club where there are always big strikers.”