“He’s not getting a sniff” – Ex-Liverpool player claims Spurs star could consider exit

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Dom Le Roy

Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman believes that Harry Kane could consider leaving leave Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season if Jose Mourinho continues approaching games negatively and they fail to win any silverware.

Kane is statistically on course to have the best season of his career, having already managed 15 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, with around a third of the season gone.

The striker is playing a slightly more withdrawn role this season which has allowed him to showcase his brilliant vision and passing range.

Kane’s deadly partnership with Son Heung-min propelled Spurs to the summit of the Premier League standings but two defeats in a row have seen Jose Mourinho’s men fall to the sixth spot in the table.

Neither Kane nor Son looked threatening against Leicester on Sunday as Tottenham fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home.

Speaking after the match, McManaman was extremely critical of Tottenham’s style of play.

The pundit told Optus Sport: “Tottenham did not do enough to win the game.

“They didn’t even threaten in this game at all. They were really poor considering what was on offer, to go to second.

“Tottenham are now out of the Champions League places, that with the way they play football is the worrying aspect for the fans and Daniel Levy because it is nowhere near good enough.

“How can Tottenham keep him happy playing like this? If they do not win a trophy this year playing like this then Harry Kane must be thinking he has to ply his trade elsewhere because he’s not getting a sniff of the ball. No one is passing him the ball.”

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One of the issues with the pragmatic manner in which we approach games under Mourinho is that fans and pundits alike will be very quick to criticise us if we do not win matches as many see getting consistent results as the only justification for playing this way.

However, for McManaman to suggest that Kane will be thinking about leaving the club is nonsense. It is clear that the England captain, like the rest of the squad, is fully committed to Jose Mourinho’s methods and believes that it is going to bring us success.

It is important for us to retain some perspective as it has essentially just been one poor performance against Leicester. There were a lot of positives with our displays against Liverpool and Crystal Palace and those results could have easily gone our way.

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