Since the curtain fell on the 2015-16 Premier League season and Tottenham’s damned title charge, Harry Kane has endured a sudden drop in form.
The England striker has failed to demonstrate in recent months just why he is the current Golden Boot holder. In fact, if Kane has made the headlines for anything over the course of the summer, it’s been for his questionable set pieces.
Nevertheless, Stan Collymore has offered his opinion on the reasons behind Kane’s barren spell in front of goal. It appears that the blame could lie upstairs at White Hart Lane and with the spending habits of Daniel Levy.
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It’s easy to forget that Kane is just 23-years-old and burst onto the Premier League scene just 18 months ago. After all, at times last season, he appeared a seasoned and mature finisher throughout.
Not only did his 25 goals better the tallies of forwards such as Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa, but they proved the very foundations of Spurs’ title challenge.
However, it’s been a downward spiral since the Englishman’s goal at Stamford Bridge in which Leicester City were proclaimed champions. Kane did find the net against Turkey in an international friendly, but was also guilty of a penalty miss just minutes later.
If you add a disastrous Euro 2016 and a stagnant start to this campaign onto this, it appears as if Kane is still going through the motions and has been doing so since May. Two goals in four months is some decline.
Consequently, numerous pundits have been trying to put their fingers on the pulse of this dip in form. Collymore has staked his claim this weekend and has placed the blame on Levy.
The ex-Liverpool striker has cited the chairman’s lack of striker signings as the reason. He has argued, via The Mirror, that Kane is suffering from a gross amount of game time that is cumulatively taking its toll.
“I lay the blame for Kane’s lack of freshness with Spurs, because they could – and should – have splashed the cash to sign a world-renowned centre-forward to complement him by now.
“This summer, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy knew he had the added revenue from the Champions League and a third-place finish in the Premier League, so why he didn’t shell out for such as Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani is beyond me.”
The examples of Cavani and Higuain may prove slightly extreme seeing as the latter became one of the most expensive footballers of all time, but he does have a point.
Kane gets the nod for almost all of Spurs’ fixtures and thus it would prove understandable if the 23-year-old was feeling jaded. However, this does not necessarily see the blame lie with Levy.
The 54-year-old chairman did secure the signing of Vincent Janssen this season and it’s Mauricio Pochettino who ultimately selects the starting striker. Regardless though, it’s clear that Kane is coming out the worst for the wear in all of this.
Besides, wherever the blame may linger, Tottenham will need their English forward firing on all cylinders if they’re to recreate their achievements of last season. Even so, it’ll prove a mighty challenge.
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