Tottenham: the start of the harsh season for Harry Kane
Harry Kane is having a hard time digesting his very agitated summer. After failing in the final of Euro 2020 in front of the English people at Wembley, against Italy, with the Three Lions which he brilliantly led throughout the competition (4 goals), the captain of the English selection has had to resign himself to staying at Tottenham, and this after he had long hoped to join Jack Grealish at Manchester City, in order to quench his thirst for titles. Between his late return from vacation after the Euro and his delayed start to training due to the Covid-19 protocol in force in England, the native of London discovered his new trainer, Nuno Espirito Santo, on the job.
Harry Kane did not take his first steps in this 2021-2022 exercise until August 22, on the lawn of Wolverhampton (1-0). If he, in the wake, chained in the return trip of the Europa Conference Conference against Paços de Ferreira, scoring a double to participate in the great success of Spurs and thus overthrow the victorious Portuguese in the first leg (1-0), the number 10 of Tottenham remained silent for long weeks, only finding the net on Wednesday, during the penalty shoot-out in Molineux against Wolves (2-2, 3 tab to 2), during the 3rd round of the League Cup.
The one who finished top scorer and best assistor in the Premier League last year is only a shadow of himself at the start of the season. While no one really doubts his ability to bounce back and quickly get back on the right track, his behavior and performance in the field are questionable. Kane has since been established on each occasion, remaining silent both in the Europa League (in Rennes, 2-2), and in the Premier League (even if he therefore distinguished himself in the Coupe de la Ligue). He especially stood out for his lack of discipline (two yellow cards received at Wolverhampton and against Watford) than anything else.
In 4 league appearances since the start of the season, HK10 has only tried his luck 4 times (3 shots on target), while missing a big opportunity and creating none. Two areas of play where the Englishman has already shown countless times that he is one of the best strikers in the world of football. During the heavy defeat against Chelsea (0-3) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Harry Kane only shot twice, quite timidly, only touching two balls in the area of the Blues.
Harry Kane’s impact is therefore reduced to nothing, and this is closely linked to the fact that Tottenham have not found the loophole in their last two Premier League outings. It is now up to Nuno Espirito Santo to find the right formula to restart the goal machine that is the captain of the Three Lions. The Portuguese technician is struggling to find the right equation for his offensive system. Kane is sometimes associated with Son, his loyal lieutenant who carried Tottenham at the start of the season, Lo Celso, or even with Alli, Lucas, Gil and Bergwijn, depending on the pattern of play adopted.
However, it is soon time to stop fumbling for the former Wolves coach, summoned to react after the two slaps received in quick succession in two London derbies. Especially since the north London derby on Arsenal’s lawn is now looming this Sunday (5.30 p.m., to be followed live with commentary on Foot Mercato). Harry Kane will also be expected at the turn, and the Spurs striker would be well inspired to unlock his counter in the Premier League in this very important poster across the Channel. To finally launch his season and definitely leave behind a particularly eventful summer.