Spurs striker Harry Kane agrees with Chris Sutton on the fact that he isn’t undroppable amid poor form for his club and country so far this season.
Kane, 28, has only made an impact so far in the newly formed Europa Conference League but has forgotten to show up in front of goal in the Premier League for Tottenham and the World Cup qualifiers for Gareth Southgate’s England.
His latest showing in the 1-1 draw against Hungary resulted in the rare occurrence of the captain being substituted for ex-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
A decision that rather summed up Kane’s luck so far this season and he wasn’t shy to admit on Tuesday night that he isn’t undroppable anymore amid this barren run in front of goal.
“You will have to ask Gareth but I never look at it that way,” Kane told ITV via The Guardian. “We have great competition for places. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] has come in and done great.
“For me it is about how I train every day and when I play [I] try and give my best for the team. I think that is what everyone is doing at the moment and I am sure there will be rotation among all the players in this tournament. Everyone is waiting for the chance to try and make an impact.”
England teammate Tyrone Mings defended his international compatriot post-Croatia for his ‘so called’ sluggish performance back in the European Championships, insisting that he is effective when he drops back to help link-up play.
“He is one of the best players in the world,” the Aston Villa centre-back said.
“I also played against him in the second to last game of the season against Tottenham. Let me tell you, when he does drop in, you shouldn’t let him. He can pick out pretty much any pass he wants to. The question marks around him are real background noise.”
‘Sluggish’ was a term used by Roy Keane on ITV’s coverage of Tuesday night’s game at Wembley to describe Kane’s problems and Chris Sutton agreed with the Irishman but went on to suggest that his failed move to Man City could be the consequence of this.
“Kane has gone through something very similar. Guardiola wanted him at Manchester City and he will have pictured himself getting on the end of chances created by Kevin De Bruyne and Co,” Sutton wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
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He went on to add: “But Kane’s performance against Hungary was concerning. We could put his lack of touches down to the fact that the Hungarians were sitting deep and had three centre-halves suffocating him. But it was disappointing to see him looking so uninterested.
“Rumour has it he has not been the most jovial around the Spurs training ground. But he needs to stop sulking. Every striker goes through periods where the ball is not going in. You have to persevere and Kane needs to knuckle down.
“He has got a nice record at Newcastle — two goals there last season and the same the season before. Spurs play there on Sunday. Even if he is not happy, Kane needs to suck it up and get back to doing what he does best.”
Source by Football London