Danny Mills has suggested that Harry Kane’s drop off in effort at Tottenham has been ‘absolutely massive’ and believes it will take time for him to return his best.
The 28-year-old was at the centre of attention over the summer, in which he allegedly tried to seek an exit from Spurs ahead of a proposed move to Manchester City.
Kane failed to secure a move away from the club and has since seen his form fall off a cliff, as he is still looking to register his first Premier League goal of the campaign.
He was left out of the Spurs squad for the side’s opening league game, but has since featured in all of the club’s fixtures, coming away scoreless in each of them.
Former Premier League defender Mills believes the summer transfer saga has affected Kane massively but suggests the arrival of the season’s second international break will be a time for the England captain to hit some form.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I don’t think he’s going to score as many goals as he would have done at Man City or as he did last season. That may be because of the way Tottenham are going to play.
“There has to be disappointment from him. It’s okay saying, ‘You’re a professional, get on with it’ but it only has to be a drop off of 15 per cent, 20 per cent, that’s absolutely massive for Kane. He may go from 20 goals in a season down to 15, 16. That’s a big leap.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise that it’s affected him. He was excited, looking for a move and it didn’t happen. Sometimes it takes time to get over that.
“Going into the international break, he’ll be looking to score a hatful against Andorra and score against Hungary as well.
“He’s back somewhere where he knows he’s looked after, he’s the captain, he’s the focal point and maybe a change will be as good as a rest.
“Maybe this is the perfect timing for an international break for Harry Kane and he can come back sharper for Spurs.”
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Kane has struggled to get involved much this season, and it is likely a mix of individual problems following the summer and structural issues to do with the squad.
Hopefully, the international break serves as a sort of break away from the club scene for Kane, where he can come back and start to hit some form.
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