Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham look out of ideas when Harry Kane is not performing at his best and is concerned for their hopes for the season ahead.
Kane lined up for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Saturday when they were swept aside 3-0 by a spirited Crystal Palace, who ended Spurs’ 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season.
It was a flat and disappointing performance all-round from Spurs, who returned from the international break on the wrong foot.
The showing at Selhurst Park was compounded by that fact that Kane failed to register a shot or touch in an opposition’s penalty area when playing the full match for the first time in his Premier League career.
The England captain was cut an isolated figure in the Spurs front line, especially in the absence of South Korea star Heung-min Son and again struggled against Rennes.
But former Premier League forward Whelan blames the lack of service from Spurs for Kane’s isolation and is worried about where else the goals will come from in Nuno’s side.
“It was a flat performance from Tottenham, to be quite frank,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“The ball was always going sideways and backwards. No one wanted to take that chance and switch the play.
“It looked very laboured, to say the least. Kane could not get himself into the game, there was no support for him.
“You need players around you when you play with your back to goal. There wasn’t enough of that.
“When Kane isn’t firing, they look flat and void of ideas at times. That’s very worrying for them.“
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Spurs lacked any sort of attacking intensity against Palace, with Kane barely having a sniff in proceedings. Nuno’s side sorely missed the pace and directness of Son, and also Steven Bergwijn, who provide runners either side of Kane to stretch the game.
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