WOLVES 0-1 TOTTENHAM: Harry Kane stepped from the bench as his transfer saga continues, but it was Spurs’ forgotten man, Dele Alli, who scored the only goal of the game at Molineux
Time is the one thing Kane does not have and he has just eight days to secure his blockbusting move to the Etihad.
Kane’s yellow card as he ran down the clock on Tottenham’s win at Molineux at least shows he remains committed to the Spurs’ cause for now.
The England striker made his first appearance of the season after a turbulent summer from the bench with 18 minutes to go and helped Spurs see out the game to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League.
He went over to the Spurs fans after the final whistle on his own and applauded them in what perhaps was in his mind a final goodbye.
After taunting him at the end of last Sunday’s win over City by chanting “Are you watching Harry Kane?”, the supporters were in more generous mood and clapped back.
He then disappeared down the tunnel on his own while Spurs supremo Daniel Levy, who continues to block his move to City, looked on.
While Kane’s return was the main takeaway from this game, Nuno Espírito Santo enjoyed a winning return to Molineux and the rejuvenated Dele Alli scored his first league goal since March 2020.
Nuno’s departure at the end of last season was perhaps less mutual on his part, but he bears no grudge and was magnanimous in victory.
He knows Spurs were somewhat fortunate to win and Wolves enjoyed more possession, territory and shots.
Nuno had Hugo Lloris to thank and the Spurs captain stood stall on his 300th appearance for the club, making a couple of important saves, especially in the second half.
Bruno Lage and his players deserved more than a second defeat and they played well enough to suggest they will start winning soon.
Tottenham took the lead on nine minutes when Sergio Reguilon played in Dele Alli, who was chopped down by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa, and the playmaker dispatched the spot-kick.
Adama Traore, the fastest set of muscles on two legs, was unplayable at times and from one thrust, Joao Moutinho backheeled his pull-back for Raul Jimenez to shoot just over.
It was all Wolves and Jimenez also had an effort deflected wide, Ruben Neves a volley saved and Nelson Semedo a penalty shout waved away by referee Stuart Attwell.
Lloris’ saves became better as Wolves got closer and he made a smart stop to deny Semedo before making a top one to thwart Traore when Neves had played him clean through.
That miss summed up the frustration of Traore and he still lacks that end product at times.
A quick nod from Nuno heralded Kane’s introduction to chants of “Harry Kane, he’s one of us” from the Spurs fans to which the home supporters sang “Harry Kane, he wants to f**k off”.
Kane nearly marked his return with a goal and his right-foot shot was blocked by Sa following good work by Steven Bergwijn.
Sa made a finer save to deny Eric Dier’s glancing header from close range as Tottenham finally showed some attacking intent.
Wolves still pressed only to be denied again by Lloris when he plucked Fabio Siva’s header from underneath the crossbar.
Time ran out for Wolves, and it may do too for Kane.