Eric Dier has sent a warning to the rest of the Premier League over Harry Kane’s troubles in front of goal, claiming that the striker has ‘consistently’ been doubted during his time with the club.
The England skipper is yet to score in the Premier League this season for Spurs, despite being the Golden Boot winner during the last campaign. He has, however, notched five times in four cup games this term – including a hat-trick in the Europa Conference League.
In terms of his league form, the 28-year-old has clearly suffered from having virtually no pre-season. Kane made that decision himself after not getting the transfer away from the club that he wanted.
But despite his struggles, Dier insists his Tottenham teammate has seen it all before and will come good.
But all of that doesn’t bother or worry Dier because he suggested that he has seen it all before.
Dier told Sky Sports: “I don’t know when he is going to score. “But I’m not really worried about him. I know he will and I know he will score a lot.
“So, I am not too worried about Harry. Ever since I have been at Tottenham people have consistently tried to doubt him.
“Even at the Euros, he didn’t score for like the first two games and people were questioning him or even whether he should be in the team, which was just difficult to even understand.”
Kane often has poor starts to the season but will expect to be challenging the likes of Mo Salah and Jamie Vardy when he finally gets off the mark.
Spurs head to Newcastle on Sunday on what will be a historic day for the home side after Mike Ashley’s exit.
Steve Bruce’s side have yet to win a game this season. However, they have often proved to be a bit of a bogey side for Tottenham and will be hoping their takeover will give the club a big lift.
Under-pressure Nuno gets Tottenham backing
Meanwhile, claims that Nuno Espirito Santo may already been fighting for his future at Tottenham have earned sympathy from a former Premier League manager.
Nuno, 47, stepped into the Spurs hotseat in June as a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho. The self-styled ‘Special One’ was sacked on April 19, with Ryan Mason taking the reins until the end of the season. Many names were linked with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the ex-Wolves chief was unveiled.
And there was a sense that he was not the first choice of chairman Daniel Levy. There were many issues for Nuno to sort out, not least the future of Harry Kane.
That saga has ended for now, with the England skipper pledging his future to the club. Three straight wins at the start of the campaign was encouraging.
However, things have now turned sour, with 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea before a 3-1 North London derby defeat. Performances have been limp, especially the way they surrendered to Arsenal at the Emirates.
A much-needed 2-1 win over Aston Villa before the international break has eased some of that pressure.
However, Nuno knows his side will need to deliver for him again in Sunday’s eye-catching clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park.
He goes into the game, amid claims in the media that his players are unhappy with his methods. Furthermore, one observer reckons the Portuguese coach has “already lost the dressing room” and “faces the sack”.
McLeish feels for Spurs boss
That though seems ludicrously harsh. And Nuno has definitely earned a word of sympathy from former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish.
“That’s disappointing to hear,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“It can be quite difficult for the manager. He will feel a sense of loneliness and maybe a wee bit of anxiety.
“He’s still a young man, he’s vibrant, he should still have great self-belief in himself.
“If these kinds of rumours are coming out then, I’m sure the manager doesn’t want to hear that.
“The difference between this job and the one he had previously at Wolves is the backers, the bosses, gave him tremendous assistance in buying new players.”