"Sometimes you need that trophy or a big win against a Real Madrid or top six side to realise how good you are".
Boss Arsene Wenger had confessed that reinforcements are required at the back, but for now he can take solace from the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - his two marquee arrivals last month - appear to have hit the ground running.
It's now seven goals in seven North London Derby matches for Kane, and he added after the game: "I look forward to these matches, the whole team had a great game. You look at the mistakes we made and I am quite optimistic we will not make them again". "I chose Spurs and I think it's turned out well", Vertonghen told the Mirror. "It is a good moment for us".
Wenger will be hoping the former Dortmund man can settle in sooner rather than later but the player who starred in the Bundesliga remains conspicuous by his absence. Because about his quality, there is no doubt ... for me he is a genius, and unbelievable player. "If he can train, he can give you this type of performance".
The record-breaking Tottenham striker rose above the Gunners defense - the defense which, in another parallel world, he'd be playing in front of - and headed Spurs to a 1-0 North London Derby victory.
Pochettino also hailed Mousa Dembele, who controlled midfield after impressing against United and Liverpool.
Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game in the 49th minute.
Although slow to get into full flow, when Spurs get up and running they show that they are up there with the most risky sides in the league. From the opening whistle of the half until about the second minute of stoppage time, it was all Spurs. No fight, no energy and no dominance of possession that Arsenal usually show.
Harry Kane rises to head home.
It set a pattern.
Wenger made an attacking change, bringing on Alexandre Lacazette for the ineffective Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for Mohamed Elneny, but it was Jack Wilshere who almost equalised with a curling strike that Hugo Lloris clawed away from the top corner. He would then drag an even better chance wide as the number of chances bottled by the Spurs forwards racked up.
It will also be of concern for Gareth Southgate who will be hoping the Spurs man can be a key player in Russian Federation this summer but at the moment, his form doesn't warrant a starting place for the England. Spurs are third in the EL table.