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Does this mean everything is fine, then?
There is hardly a more brutal realisation that your dream move has not come off than making a first start of the season in a tournament few wanted and no one had heard of six weeks ago, but that was the harsh reality for Harry Kane.
Barely 24 hours after the wantaway striker had had to swallow his pride, accept the situation and announce he would not be heading for Manchester City this summer, Kane was out to prove he would not spend the season sulking, and it went rather well.
After a summer spent picking apart his relationship with Tottenham and the supporters, this was an evening well set for Kane to begin working his way back into the fans’ hearts.
The England captain was Spurs’ skipper for the evening, and received a warm welcome from the 30,000 fans who had come out for Uefa’s new third-tier competition.
Huge cheers accompanied his name as the starting XI was read out before kick-off while a deafening rendition of “he’s one of our own” followed a good chance after just 20 seconds, the striker applauding those in the stands in return.
Kane found the back of the net nine minutes into his first start of the campaign as he capped a smart move, sparked by Harry Winks’s snapping challenge before the impressive Bryan Gil found the striker to score the first goal on his path to redemption.
There was a second before the break, Kane working hard and eager to impress but on the spot when it mattered to get the ball out of his feet and finish following a scramble which saw Giovani Lo Celso’s effort blocked by a sprawling defender.
“You’re Spurs, and you know you are,” came the chant.
It seems for as long as that statement remains true, Kane is determined to give his all - whatever the stage.
Gil catches the eye
Many were sad to see the back of Tottenham cult hero Erik Lamela this summer, but the man who came the other way will certainly ease the pain.
Bryan Gil, 20, is somewhat of a throwback. All action and direct on the ball with his long hair bouncing this way and that as he looks to move through midfield, the Spaniard will certainly get fans off their seats.
The former Sevilla man, making his home debut here, is a little rough around the edges. There were loose passes and moments when he wasn’t on the same wavelength as those around him, but the playmaker looks willing to try anything and bring a dash of the unexpected to proceedings, just like Lamela.
Romero settling in
Cristian Romero has been rather talked up since his move, with Nuno Espirito Santo backing the defender to settle swiftly in English football.
If this evening is anything to go by, the Argentine is finding his feet. Pacos hardly provided a tough test for those at the back, but the new No4 looked to be growing in confidence alongside Eric Dier and is not afraid of mixing it at the other end, often stepping up and looking to have his say on the front foot. An encouraging home debut from the 23-year-old.