Antonio Conte's unlikely Tottenham heroes could be exactly what Harry Kane needs right now

By Emma de Duve

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon were the two goal scorers in Tottenham's game against Leeds on Sunday - and this may take some of the pressure off Harry Kane.

Antonio Conte has largely opted for the same line-up in his first three matches in charge, apart from two changes he was forced to make at the weekend, with Cristian Romero injured and Oliver Skipp suspended.

After a flat first-half performance, the Lilywhites came out in the second 45 minutes with some newfound energy and managed to turn the 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory.

There are still a number of improvements which need to be made to the Italian's side, but there were definitely positives to take from the display.

One thing Tottenham have lacked so far this season is goals, which fans will be hoping Conte can help with.

The line-up on Sunday saw eight 'defensive' players chosen in the starting XI and Hojbjerg and Harry Winks sat very deep for most of the first half. Lining up with a largely defensive team doesn't help the need to attack during a game where three points were very much needed.

Going 1-0 down just before half-time meant there was work to be done to try and produce a comeback to get the win.

Although Kane has only scored one Premier League goal this season, you would expect that it would either be the England captain, Son Heung-min or Lucas Moura who would slot the ball into the back of the net.

However, unlikely scorers Hojbjerg and Reguilon were the two who came to the rescue.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon were Tottenham's goal scorers on Sunday. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Hojbjerg has played alongside Oliver Skipp for much of the season and the duo have been criticised for their defensive play not giving the Lilywhites the attacking flare that is needed.

However, with the Dane's goal, which was assisted by Moura, making him the second-highest Spurs goal scorer of the season so far, there could already be a hint of change under the Italian.

The 26-year-old is often the one who would try and get forward, whilst Skipp would keep cover and if Conte encourages him to continue doing that, who knows if there will be more goals to come.

Reguilon's first Premier League goal also came on Sunday and ended up being the winner, which is likely to be thanks to the new role he is playing in. The Tottenham boss opts for a 3-4-3 set-up, with wing-backs getting up and down the flanks to help their side both defensively and offensively.

The Spaniard is still adapting to his new position, with work to be done, but has already made 40 crosses in 11 league appearances and got his first, of hopefully many, goals.

With improved performances all round in the second half against Marcelo Bielsa's side, it showed a real team effort to get the three points.

"I trust in my players, I trust in this squad. We want to fight. We want to fight to try to stay close to the positions and fight for Champions League," Conte said in his post-match press conference.

This highlights that the Italian has ambition for his new side and his words indicate the unity Conte is creating with his new side.

Kane is still struggling to find the back of the net for the north London club, despite his seven goals in two games for England, although he did have four shots and one on target in Sunday's tie (according to Whoscored.com).

There is hope that it won't be long until the 28-year-old gets back to goal-scoring ways, but if his teammates and unlikely scorers, like the two on Sunday, continue to put the ball in the back of the net there may be less pressure on the striker.

With Kane being the only option up top there is no doubt that there will be an element of pressure on him to score but if his teammates are contributing too, it can help Spurs pick up more points and improve their goal difference.

Conte's next fixture is a Europa Conference League match against NS Mura and with the first game against the Slovenian opposition ending in a 5-1 victory, it could be a good chance for Spurs to find the back of the net yet again.


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