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Antonio Conte told to snare Man Utd misfit to find Tottenham answer to Harry Kane problem

Harry Kane warming up Tottenham ahead of Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Former Tottenham forward Clive Allen feels Manchester United misfit Jesse Lingard could help Harry Kane rediscover his best form.

Kane, 28, has failed to live up to his standards of previous seasons this term. Following a summer of speculation about his future, he has struggled in front of goal. The England captain has scored just four Premier League goals.

And, while he has been prolific in Europe with six, he is a shadow of the player who bagged 33 times in 2020-2021. Spurs have also been below their best, with a dreadful start seeing Nuno Espirito Santo sacked as manager.

There has been an improvement under Antonio Conte, with a top-four berth now not beyond the realms of possibility. The north Londoners need Kane firing on all cylinders for the rest of the campaign to achieve their aims.

And there is a sense that the problems may lie elsewhere in the ranks, with a lack of creativity. Lingard could be the answer after his stellar showing for West Ham while on loan last term.

The 29-year-old was with the Hammers between January and May last year and helped David Moyes side finish sixth. The East End outfit have been linked with a move for the England attacker.

But Spurs might muscle in on their action – and Allen approves.

“When he came to West Ham he was outstanding, when he spent some time in east London,” he told talkSPORT, per The Express. “He is a talented player and at the moment Spurs are looking for an injection. One, they need some creativity in that midfield area.

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“Harry Kane is looking a little frustrated at the lack of opportunities created for him. Someone of Lingard’s quality would be a fabulous addition.”

Jesse Lingard given false United hopes

West Ham looked set to sign Lingard on permanent terms after his displays on loan at the London Stadium. But he remained at Old Trafford with the promise of increased game time by then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

That did not happen, with the Norwegian now out of the picture and replaced by interim boss Ralf Rangnick. Lingard has been given just 88 minutes of top-flight football all season, sitting on the bench 17 times.

Something has got to give. And it was claimed earlier this month that Rangnick has already made up his mind to jettison the player.

Whether he moves to Spurs only time will tell. But Lilywhites fans will hope he can have a similar impact in the capital as he did 12 months ago if they land him.

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