Jermaine Jenas feels that Harry Kane could do more for Tottenham in big games and big moments to keep Antonio Conte’s tenure on track.
The England captain has established himself as one of Europe’s top strikers with his Spurs form in recent seasons. His record of 255 goals in 396 club appearances tells its own story.
And the fact he is closing in on becoming England’s record goalscorer is also a sign of his stock.
In recent campaigns, he has furthermore added an excellent passing range to his repertoire. In that way, he has struck a strong partnership with Son Heung-min and, more recently, Dejan Kulusevski.
According to former Tottenham midfielder Jenas, though, Kane needs to do more on the big stage.
“I need to see more from him,” the pundit told Vibe with Five.
“My biggest issue with Harry Kane is – and he is going to be a God at Spurs whenever he decides to retire and he will go down as one of the greatest players in Premier League history – finals and big games, I think, are a problem when it comes to what he has done in those moments.
“If you go over Spurs and some of their biggest moments, Man City away [in the Champions League], he didn’t play. That’s one of their biggest moments, Tottenham.
“Ajax, coming back [to win], he didn’t feature. Then you go into the finals they’ve played in, he was injured in those games and they are historically some of the biggest moments in Spurs’ history.”
Harry Kane needs big-game performances
Jenas added that Kane “wasn’t anywhere to be seen” in Tottenham’s 2019 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
The pundit added: “I’m not saying he shouldn’t be in the team. What I’m saying is in these biggest moments… when the final came, injured, didn’t perform.
“Two League Cup finals, not performed. Semi-finals, not performed.
“I’ve not seen him do what he does on a weekly basis in the big games. In the England final and semi-final as well.”
Kane has scored seven goals in 10 games this season, those strikes all coming in the Premier League.
He has yet to open his account for the season in the Champions League after two games.
Tottenham striker must prove himself
Kane will certainly go down as one of the greats at Tottenham whenever he decides to leave.
However, concerns over his impact in big games bring the summer 2021 transfer window back into view.
The England man angled for a move to Manchester City. Had he got his move, Kane may have been able to prove his worth for Pep Guardiola last season and in upcoming campaigns.
Still, he did not get that move and so he can only be judged on what he has done for Tottenham.
Kane’s injury record has definitely improved, that is for sure. His last big injury was a tear to his hamstring away at Southampton in January 2020, which kept him out for a long while.
Issues with his ankles have settled down somewhat and problems in that area have just come at an unfortunate time.
Alongside that is the fact that he has been Tottenham’s talisman in a team which has arguably not served him as well as Kane has served the team with his goals.