but have Tottenham just papered over the cracks?

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Harry Kane is the third player to score three hat-tricks in major Uefa competitions

Tottenham was saved by Harry Kane, who scored a second-half hat trick against NS Mura of Slovenia in the Europa Conference League. He also responded well to growing concerns about his fitness.

Kane was unable to score in five Premier League games below par, so he came off the bench to regain his scoring touch just as Spurs were beginning to look nervous against the minnows.

They led 2-0 at halftime and looked poised to win the second half. However, the visitors - who were formed in 2012 – pulled a goal back.

Kane's 60-minute introduction, along with Son Heung Min and Lucas Moura, turned the tide against the lowest-ranked competition team.

Kane, who was keen to move to Manchester City this summer, said to BT Sport: "Every striker dreams to score goals. Although I wasn't expecting to be here today, it was nice to get the minutes."

According to Clive Allen, BT Sport summariser, Kane's 30-minute stint showed that Kane was "one of the top finishers, if no, the best finisher" in the treble.

This display came after Arsenal's 3-1 humiliation on Sunday.

Peter Crouch, a former Spurs striker, said on BT Sport: "It wasn't perfect, that Arsenal match is gone. It doesn't matter that it is poor opposition.

He is determined and still needs to score. Harry Kane is back scoring goals.

Glenn Hoddle, Spurs legend, said that he would feel great. He is happy with the result. He has scored a goal and Arsenal's performance is thrown out the window.

"Are Spurs moving the right way? I'm not sure.

However, Nuno Espirito Sante's hosts are pleased with the scoreline on Thursday. Is the result just a paper-over?

Spurs lost their third league game without conceding a goal after winning the first three.

They have had fewer open play opportunities and shots on target this season than any other Premier League team.

Crouch said that despite the fact that Crouch picked up nine league points, it was too early to speak of a crisis.

He stated that "Crisis has been a little strong at the moment but it has not been great."

"The performances and results in the last three games have been poor. It took three of the players to get the game started tonight.

"It hasn't been vintage Tottenham since its opening day. Is this the right direction they are going? "I'm not sure."

Hoddle said that manager Santo needed time despite another disappointing performance.

He said, "The second eleven should have taken that team the cleaners, but they didn't. That is the disappointment.

"Nuno must be given time. It is necessary to do a lot of work on the ground. It really is.