Noel Whelan is confident that Harry Kane will start firing soon despite admitting the Tottenham striker has not looked like his old self this season, while he also pointed towards a lack of chances coming his way.
Few would have expected Kane to go through such a barren spell this season, given the striker’s exemplary goal-scoring record since breaking into the Tottenham team back in 2014.
However, the England captain has found the back of the net just once in the Premier League for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men so far this campaign.
Tottenham fans would have been hoping that the 28-year-old had put his struggles behind him when he got his long-awaited goal in the 3-2 win over Newcastle last week but that did not prove to be the case.
Kane put in another lacklustre display in the London derby against West Ham on Sunday and hardly threatened the Hammers backline, something that continued against Burnley.
Whelan insisted that it was also a case of the Spurs team needing to adapt to Nuno’s style of play, pointing out that the striker is not getting too many chances at the moment.
The former Coventry City striker told Football Insider: “They were beaten by the better side against West Ham,
“We’re not seeing enough service up to Harry Kane. He doesn’t seem the same player as last season, we’ve not seen the best of him, that’s for sure.
“I think there’s more to come from him. They don’t seem to be clicking like they were last season, that’s the biggest thing.
“Sometimes it takes teams a while to get into the rhythm of what the new manager is asking of them, it doesn’t just happen overnight.
“There’s no doubt he’ll get into his stride soon, we know what he’s like – he’s an absolute animal in front of goal when he’s on form.
“But he’s not getting the volume or quality of chances he was getting last season.”
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From the manner in which Kane snatched at his chances against Burnley, it does seem like the striker has lost his confidence in front of goal. However, he is simply too good a player (and too mentally strong) not to get back to his best sooner rather than later.
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