Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Harry Kane is ‘so far removed’ at Tottenham and believes his performances this season reflect how unhappy he is at the club.
The 28-year-old reportedly stated his intention to depart the club earlier this summer, which put Manchester City on red alert to make a potential swoop.
Pep Guardiola’s side apparently saw one bid rejected for the England captain, but were eventually priced out of a move which succumbed him to a stay in the capital.
Kane has since been reintegrated into Nuno Espirito Santo’s line-up, but his performances have been way below par in a Spurs team that has lost its last three games in the Premier League.
The Spurs star is yet to open his account in the division and has often been an isolated figure during games, failing to have much of an impact on proceedings.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand says the striker’s form is concerning and it has come about as a result of the failure to get his desired move to City in the summer.
Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel, he said: “From his first five games this season, 381 minutes, zero goals in the Premier League, zero assists, six shots in five games, four key passes in open play, dribbles completed four.
“His touches in the box, I look at his heat-map is everywhere but not in the opposing penalty box.
“He’s so far removed from the Harry Kane that we know. This guy has proven that he’s a mad marksman. He scores goals.
“If you judge him on just that, he’s nowhere near the numbers, nowhere near the input, nowhere near the actual involvement in the team’s play at all.
Ferdinand then went on to discuss the impact the summer had on Kane, in which he also captained the England side in the devastating defeat in the Euro 2020 final.
“Is it the effects of the summer? In terms of captaining England in the summer but no one else has really got a hangover who’s integral in their team really,” Ferdinand said.
“Is it the actual saga of the transfer? That has been mentally but physically draining as well. Or is it just him saying ‘this isn’t me’. I don’t believe he’s that unprofessional to down tools I don’t agree with that narrative.
“Football players want to play they want to be judged, they’ve got egos, they want it massaged and they want to be the man and I think he’s no different.
“So I just feel this is an effect (of the failed transfer), he’s disheartened, he feels let down I would imagine, he feels unhappy about having to stay at Spurs right now and his performances are reflecting that.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The team is not playing well, and neither is Kane, so it would be easy to single him out and place a lot of the blame on him. But he still isn’t getting much service which isn’t how he should be used. The side needs to get playing otherwise it will already be a season to throw away.
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