Harry Kane scored in successive Premier League games for the time in six months as Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday to leave the north-east club with only one point from its first five matches.
Although Kane was the league’s top scorer in 2015-16, he faded toward the end of the campaign as Tottenham’s title challenge faltered and made a sluggish start to the new season.
After failing to score at the European Championship with England, the striker took until the fourth league game to get off the mark for Tottenham, netting once in last weekend’s 4-0 rout of Stoke.
His contribution proved more decisive against Sunderland which Tottenham was struggling to break down until Kane tapped in the only goal at White Hart Lane in the 59th minute.
Kyle Walker’s cross was headed down by Dele Alli and Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji missed the clearance completely, allowing Kane to score before later being carried off on a stretcher.
Sunderland finished the game with 10 men after Adnan Januzaj received a second yellow card in the 90th minute for a foul on Ben Davies. It compounded Sunderland’s miserable start to the season at the start of David Moyes’ reign.
Tottenham is only four points off the pace at the top, having won three and drawn two so far.