It'd be fair to say Harry Kane is yet to get up to full speed this season.
Two goals against Paços de Ferreira in the qualifying stages of the Europa Conference League aside, Kane's impact for Tottenham Hotspur so far has been minimal.
Indeed, after a protracted summer transfer window that saw Manchester City try and fail to bring him to the club, the 28-year-old is yet to find his form in Nuno Espirito Santo's side.
Where has averaging 3.9 shots and 1.4 key passes per game (via WhoScored) during the 2020/21 campaign (arguably his finest individual season to date), those numbers have fallen to 1 each respectively.
Limited to only 49 touches and a single shot on target in Sunday's loss to Chelsea, Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane tore into the England captain.
"I've no problem with them being short of quality, shall we say and I'm including Kane," he said in the post-match discussion.
"Kane's body language, his performance today, oh my goodness.
"I'm pretty angry watching Spurs today."
Following up on that, Graeme Souness claimed: "Right now, he's playing in midfield.
"For me, he needs someone to point that out to him. 'You are a striker, get further up the field most of the time' and occasionally, he might drop off."
Keane then added: "The manager should have dragged him off."
Of course, the notion of Kane starting a season poorly is nothing new. Despite being one of the leading strikes in Europe for well over half a decade now, he has infamously struggled to score in the early stages of a campaign until recently.
Given his relentless drive to improve, it'd be entirely unfair to suggest the City saga is leading to a downturn in performance. After all, returning late to pre-season duties following an emotional journey to the Euro 2020 final with England, perhaps he should be afforded some slack.
Still, there's little doubt that he has to play well this season. Given how quickly the optimism built over the first three games under Nuno has disappeared, that is indeed a concern.News Now - Sport News