Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes Harry Kane will turn his fortunes around at Tottenham this season despite receiving criticism for his recent performances.
Spurs endured their second defeat of the Premier League season on Sunday as they were swept aside 3-0 by Chelsea, with goals courtesy of Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger
Kane, 28, struggled in the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and cut a frustrated figure as Spurs produced a flat second-half display.
The England captain is yet to open his account in the Premier League so far this season, and has been a shadow of the player that raced to last season’s Golden Boot and Playmaker awards.
Kane’s performance against Chelsea prompted large criticism from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who claimed the Spurs man looked ‘despondent’ with what was going on around him.
But former striker Phillips has rubbished any sort of worry around Kane and backed him to hit form soon, despite the noise and uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.
He 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.
“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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There has been a lot of noise around Kane this season, especially over the summer regarding his future. He is a world-class striker, though, and has the ability to bang the goals in any time, but he needs to be immersed in the side. The team hasn’t exactly been playing well enough to give him good service, so that needs to change too.
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