Leicester City earned their first away point in the Premier League this season as Ahmed Musa levelled to secure a deserved draw for the defending champions at Tottenham. Vincent Janssen gave the hosts the lead at White Hart Lane, scoring his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot after Robert Huth had felled the striker.
Spurs twice hit the crossbar – Dele Alli in the first half and Jan Vertonghen after the break – but had to settle for the draw as Musa caught them sleeping at the beginning of the second half. Leicester had lost all four of their previous away games this season – for a goal difference of -10 – but they battled well and frustrated a Tottenham side lacking a cutting edge in attack.
The north Londoners, still unbeaten in the league this season, have now drawn a third successive league game and find themselves three points behind league leaders Manchester City, who beat West Brom 4-0.
Tottenham were still without injured influential defender Toby Alderweireld, while midfielder Eric Lamela was ruled out through illness, but the player whose presence they missed most was Harry Kane.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino included both Son Heung-min, scorer of four goals this season, and £17m summer signing Janssen in his starting line-up, but Spurs are not the same side in the final third without the England international’s dynamism and ruthlessness as the lone striker.
It was difficult not to wonder what Kane, sidelined since September with an ankle injury, would have done with Christian Eriksen’s cross at the near post two yards from goal after Janssen mistimed his shot and swept the ball across the face of the goal.