Glenn Hoddle has issued a message to struggling Tottenham striker Harry Kane, claiming he needs to ‘look inside himself’ and get mentally in shape again for his own benefit.
The 28-year-old has endured some trouble in front of goal in England’s top division so far this season, netting just one goal in nine appearances.
Kane was the subject of major interest and a move to Manchester City throughout the summer after allegedly making it known to Spurs chiefs that he wanted to leave North London. However, a transfer ultimately never came to fruition.
His latest showing saw him struggle to get involved in proceedings during Spurs’ miserable 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, in which Nuno Espirito Santo’s side failed to register a single shot on goal and the manager was eventually sacked.
Spurs icon Hoddle believes Kane needs to get himself in the zone mentally sooner rather than later, especially for the benefit of his form for England ahead of next year’s World Cup.
He told Premier League TV: “It is not just today, it has summed up his performances through this season. Mentally I think he is distraught as he didn’t get his move, but now he has stayed at Tottenham he has got to get himself back to his best.
“The move didn’t happen, but mentally he looks like he is plodding. There is no zip about his game and that can start mentally.
“Motivation comes from within and he always had that since he was a young kid and that’s why he is as good he is.
“He has lost that, he is now got to look inside himself, get that back and even if it’s not for Tottenham, he wants to do it for England as he has got a World Cup coming in another year.
Hoddle added: “At the end of the day, he has got to play for himself if nothing else. He is not doing himself any favours doing that.
“He is a wonderful player, but he has got to get his mind right and hopefully, everyone around him has got to start playing better.”
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Hoddle would be right in saying that Kane needs to fix things, especially for himself ahead of the World Cup. He has not looked himself at all, but neither have many Spurs players this season. He might have mentally checked out of the club but he’s still got to bounce back quickly for his now benefit.
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