By Will Butcher
Dion Dublin believes Harry Kane’s composure in the final third was key to scoring all three of Tottenham’s goals against Fulham on Sunday.
Kane, 23, scored his fourth career hat-trick for Spurs in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Craven Cottage, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side eased through to the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win.
Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day on Sunday, Dublin believes Pochettino took a risk in playing Kane after the England striker picked up a knock to his knee against Gent on Thursday.
However, Dublin claimed that the gamble paid off as Kane has returned to form that will benefit both Pochettino’s north London side and Gareth Southgate’s England.
“It was a gamble to play him,” Dublin claimed. “But it was a gamble you would rather take and win, than not take and lose. Kane looked very sharp today; his finishing was very composed.
“He is back in a purple patch and that’s exactly what Pochettino wants at this point in the season. It’s good for both Spurs and England.”
Kane broke the deadlock in the first half by sliding in at full stretch to volley home a Christian Eriksen cross from 10 yards out.
Denmark international Eriksen then turned provider for a second time, crossing for Kane to strike after good work from Harry Winks, before Dele Alli slid Spurs’ number 10 in for his third.
In what was his 25th appearance of the season for Spurs, Kane has now struck an impressive 19 goals and will be looking to continue that in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Gent.
The win sees Spurs progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, setting up a mouth-watering London showdown against League One outfit Millwall at White Hart Lane.
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