It just had to be.
Harry Kane marked his return to Tottenham’s starting line-up with a goal inside ten minutes – and another just before half-time.
The striker has had an eventful summer to say the least having been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City.
But that saga was brought to an end (for now) when Kane announced he’d be staying at his club this summer.
And Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo handed the 28-year-old his first start of the season for Spurs’ Europa Conference League second leg clash against Pacos de Ferreira.
Kane repaid the faith shown in him with the early goal. He could have scored in the first minute but made no mistake when he controlled Bryan Gil’s cut-back from the left following good work from Harry Winks.
His second came after his blocked effort fell to Giovani Lo Celso, the Argentine returned it to Kane, who slammed the ball home thanks to some slack defending from the away side.
Kane’s goals puts Spurs 2-1 up on aggregate after they suffered a surprise defeat in Portugal last week.
It was suggested Kane may still try to leave Spurs in future transfer windows, however, former boss Tim Sherwood believes the player could be there for the rest of his career.
“I think it was now or never,” Sherwood told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“For me, they [Tottenham] resisted it, and it’s good news they resisted a huge bid from Manchester City, but Harry Kane doesn’t want to leave to just go anywhere.
“It was not a money motivated decision he wanted to go somewhere he felt was better suited to winning trophies so he chose Man City.
“At the end of this season there might not be the option because Haaland will now go for £70million on a buy-out at 22 years of age and he’s fantastic value for anyone who wants to take him.
“Harry won’t just leave to another football club. I think he might stay and it might be him for the rest of his career.
“I think Cristiano Ronaldo, it looks inevitable he’s going to go there and I think Erling Haaland will go there next season for £70m. Then what other opportunities are there for Harry?
“There will be a bigger queue for Harry because he’ll be a lot cheaper but, like I say, he won’t just leave Tottenham. He’s not leaving a terrible football club, he’s leaving a massive football club. He wants to go to another football club who he feels are best suited to winning.
“Now, if they do pick up a Carabao Cup or, I wouldn’t say the Europa Conference League is the one they’re looking at, but it’s still a trophy and that might help him to get over the line.”