Harry Kane has told his Tottenham Hotspur team mates to focus on performing for the club rather than worrying about their own personal situations.
The North London club have experienced a difficult start to the new campaign after only managing to win two of their opening six Premier League fixtures, throwing away a two-goal lead against Olympiacos along with the embarrassing Carabao Cup exit.
Uncertainty surrounds the futures of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen with the trio all out of contract at the end of the season while the likes of Victor Wanyama were heavily linked with a summer exit, only for a move to fail to materialise (Standard).
Kane was left at home for the embarrassing cup defeat in midweek to Colchester United and insists there are no more excuses for the poor start.
He told Sky Sports: “Obviously in the transfer window just gone, there were players who maybe wanted to leave, and it was public knowledge that there were players close to leaving who stayed.
“So it’s never easy when you have a situation like that, but now that’s closed, we all just want to move in the right direction.
“Whoever is on the pitch has to give everything for the club, that’s all we can ask for. You have to kind of put your individual needs to one side and make sure you’re performing to the highest level, because that will help your individual status anyway.”
The striker has admitted that he is baffled as to where the club have gone wrong this season on the field.
“It’s hard to put a finger on it,” he added. “We feel like we’re training well, doing everything right, but maybe we haven’t started games with the right energy.
“The [Crystal] Palace game (which Tottenham won 4-0) was the best example of how we should start; on the front foot and pressing, ruthless with chances, and that’s what we’ve done in previous seasons, especially at home.
“We just need to find a way to get that good feeling back. We just need to get off that form, start fresh, get off to winning ways on Saturday and take that momentum forward.”
Kane’s comments are bang on the money and it should be Hugo Lloris coming out with this type of example of leadership. The sooner the striker is named our skipper, the better.
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