Gabriel Agbonlahor has questioned Harry Kane for heading on a trip to the United States before Tottenham’s defeat to Brighton and says the striker seemed ‘jet-lagged’ with his display.
Spurs suffered a small dent in their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League after losing 1-0 to the Seagulls on Saturday.
The performance as a whole was a blunt one from Antonio Conte’s men, who failed to register a single attempt on Robert Sanchez’s goal.
Kane struggled to get into the game in North London, despite being in the midst of his best spell of form this season.
But ahead of the encounter, the England captain jetted off to the USA to attend the final day of The Masters (The Sun) after being handed an extra couple of days off by Conte following Tottenham’s 5-1 dismantling of Newcastle over a week ago.
And Agbonlahor feels the trip affected Kane’s performance against Brighton, insisting it was ill-timed given the stakes still up for grabs for Spurs during the run-in.
He told talkSPORT: “I think little things [make a difference].
“If you’re Harry Kane for instance, I’m his biggest fan, but if you’re flying after the Aston Villa game to The Masters, doing that travelling and coming back, and then putting in that performance, questions have to be asked on Harry Kane
“Was that the right thing for him to go and do? Because they were toothless going forward Spurs, no shots on target.
“Every time they seem to get a little bit of an edge against Arsenal and Manchester United, they throw it away.
“100 per cent he would have had approval [to go], but the way he played, it seemed like he was jet-lagged, it wasn’t the Harry Kane we’re used to seeing.
“And every time they seem to get a lead in this race for top four, they keep letting Manchester United back into it, especially Arsenal as well.
“So as much as we keep looking at fixtures and what the results are going to be, these teams look like they could lose any game, any week.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
It would be very easy to blame Kane’s short trip as a reason for the defeat, but the fact is the other players failed to perform too and there is no excuse for them.
If the players are handed a day off they can do what they like and that is what Kane decided to do. He still had time to rest and train too, so it just isn’t a valid reason for Tottenham’s loss as a whole.
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