Kevin Phillips has said that Harry Kane’s struggles over recent weeks is not down to his failed move to Manchester City in the summer and has backed the striker to once again finish top of the goalscoring charts this season.
Kane is yet to find the back of the net in five Premier League appearances so far this season.
His display against Chelsea at the weekend was particularly poor and the England captain has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism over the last few days.
Jamie O’Hara has said that the 28-year-old does not look like he wants to be at Spurs while Roy Keane was critical of the striker’s body language and claimed that Nuno Espirito Santo should have taken him off against Chelsea.
Gary Neville remarked that Kane looked’ despondent’ on Sunday and that the ‘alarm bells’ will be ringing at Spurs after his display.
Phillips has now come to the defence of the Tottenham man, pointing out that we have seen the striker start the campaign slowly in the past.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I’m sure it will come good for Kane.
“He can have slow starts to seasons and then bang, all of a sudden he hits form. Before you know it he will be the top scorer in the league again.
“I have no issues with him after what happened in the summer with Manchester City. I don’t think that’s having an effect on his performances.”
Kane was once again accused of dropping too deep against Chelsea by some pundits, and Phillips admitted that it is a part of the 28-year-old’s game that he sometimes finds frustrating.
The pundit added: “A little bit of it will be him adapting his game as he gets older which frustrates me in truth.
“I want to see him on the last man, running in behind and scoring goals. I’m less keen on him playing in a deeper role but as players get older that tends to be the case.
“There should be no worries about Kane. Spurs will create opportunities. Kane just needs to get himself into the box more.
“I have no doubt he’ll be at the top of the goalscoring charts come the end of the season.”
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Given the reactionary nature of football media, I am not surprised that so many pundits are now questioning Kane. However, I do not doubt that the striker will once again score 25+ goals in all competitions this season if he managed to stay fit.
While five games without a goal is a major drought by Kane’s standards, I expected all of this to be forgotten in a couple of weeks time after he starts banging in the goals once again.
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