WITH a phenomenal 11 goals in seven appearances so far in September, Harry Kane is undoubtedly the man of the moment as the month draws to a close.
Huddersfield Town are next in the firing line tomorrow as Tottenham Hotspur and English football’s in-form striker make their first visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.
It promises to be the Terriers’ toughest test yet, something David Wagner is only too willing to acknowledge. What the German will not be doing, though, is devising any tactic aimed specifically at trying to stop Kane.
“Maybe he will be ill,” joked Wagner when asked what Town’s best approach would be before adding: “No, seriously, I have no individual plan to stop individual players of Tottenham.
“If you think too much about the individual then you start to get scared. Leave it far behind you and think only about the team quality. This is our way and this is the way we have achieved things since I arrived and this is the way for the future.”
Kane’s hot streak of goalscoring is made all the more remarkable by his dry spell in August, a month in which he has never scored a Premier League goal.
“I did not know this stat until recently,” said Wagner when asked if he wished this fixture had been scheduled for the opening three weeks of the season.
“He is a proper goalscorer – right foot, left foot, heading, everything.
“You give him space, he has a chance and he usually takes it. So, this means we must give him no chances, give him no space and then, hopefully, he is not successful. Spurs have so many qualities all over the park. This is why I think we must not only focus on him.”
Wagner, meanwhile, has no qualms about Rajiv van La Parra’s possible involvement tomorrow despite the heavy criticism the winger came in for following his blatant dive at Burnley last weekend.
“It was something we don’t like to see,” said the 45-year-old German. “But he got a yellow card and we go on.”
Pressed further on the issue, Wagner replied: “Is there anyone in this room who wasn’t cheeky in his life. They should raise their hand and they can criticise, so from my point of view, I don’t like to see it, but we shouldn’t make it too big.”