Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has criticised Harry Kane following his performance during the defeat against West Ham United.
Kane was unable to help his side secure their third successive Premier League victory and the prospect of moving into the top four, having been on the receiving end of a 1-0 scoreline.
The 28-year-old was tasked with marking Michail Antonio at a corner kick in the second half when Aaron Cresswell’s delivery evaded the head of Lucas Moura and the Hammers forward outmuscled Kane to stab the ball home at the near post.
The loss means that Spurs have no have lost four London derbies out of four this season, having been well beaten by Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Kane had one good effort to break the deadlock when during the first half, his back post header forced goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to tip the ball over the crossbar and was somewhat of a passenger after that involvement.
Souness told Sky Sports Premier League HD (23/10/21 at 15:34): “He’s more obsessed with the striker not getting there rather than going and attacking the ball”
“Maybe I’m digging him out unnecessarily but is that where Harry Kane is right now? Not fully concentrated and looks like he didn’t really want to be in that position.
“Just go and attack the ball son, that’s what you would do if it was at the other end, instead he’s just trying to keep the striker off the ball instead of going for it.”
Kane looked disinterested and his attempts to try and foil Antonio at the set-piece was disappointing to say the very least.
Nuno Espirito Santo has his work cut out if he is to save Tottenham’s season and also his own future in North London if he continues to struggle to get a tune out of his players.
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