Graham Potter has suggested that Harry Kane sometimes gets unfairly criticised for dropping too deep when results do not go Tottenham’s way.

Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss at Old Trafford when they travel to the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte’s men need all three points in order to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

Neither Harry Kane nor Son Heung-min were at their best against United on Saturday but Potter is under no illusions about the challenge the pair will pose his side.

The 46-year-old praised Kane for his ability to drop deep and influence games and suggested that the striker should not get criticised for not always being in the box.

When asked about Kane and Son, Potter told Sussex Live: “You are talking about two of the best partnerships in Premier League history (along with Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Sadio Mane) so it is a challenge for us but we have always liked that challenge.

“Harry Kane is in a top-level, playing fantastically well, dropping in, making it really difficult for you to defend against him because he drops so deep and he is playing passes to Son.

“Ironically when he’s not scoring and when Tottenham aren’t winning he is getting criticism because he should be in the box more. That is a little observation of how the outcome determines everything.”

Despite Spurs being extremely inconsistent over the last couple of months, Potter insisted that his side need to be at their best both defensive and offensively to beat the Lilywhites on Wednesday.

He added: “They [Tottenham] have got fantastic players. Attack-wise and defensively we have to be good as a team and that is what we will try to focus on.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Brighton tend to take the game to the opposition when they are playing at home and commit bodies up the pitch. That should suit us as it would allow the likes of Kane and Son more space to operate in the final third.

We have continued struggling to create chances against teams who defend deep and deny any space to get in behind their backline. However, I would be extremely surprised if Potter sets up the Seagulls in that manner.

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