Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy disagrees with Graeme Souness and feels the rest of the Tottenham players plus the manager need to help Harry Kane overcome his struggles to make sure the England striker rediscovers his best form.
Kane and his Spurs team-mates were woeful in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford scored the goals as United bounced back from their Liverpool thrashing. The north Londoners failed to register a single shot on target and the atmosphere in the ground turned toxic.
The jury is still out on manager Nuno Espirito Santo. And he felt the wrath of the home faithful when replacing Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn in the second half.
The knives are out for Nuno while the media have slated the Spurs players. Souness was among the dissenting voices.
The former Liverpool player and manager pulled no punches in his assessment of Kane and his team-mates.
“Harry has scored one goal this year and goals paint a different picture for you and your team – he’s not scoring goals, he looks a shadow of himself. Son is a shadow of himself,” the Scot told Sky Sports.
“Spurs have a long way to go before they excite this crowd. Two and a half years ago they were in a champions league final and they’ve gone from that level to where they are now.
“That is a dramatic drop in quality and performances. They look a sorry bunch.”
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He added: “They’re toothless. It might be harsh but the stats tell you that. Very, very average.”
Kane needs to feel the love
Kane seemed intent on leaving the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer. It was no secret that Manchester City wanted to buy him but the finances involved prevented the deal from happening.
The England skipper has scored six goals in other competitions, including a hat-trick in the Europa Conference League. Murphy has given his take on the Spurs situation.
And he feels that a lack of support from his team-mates is exacerbating the problems for the prolife hitman.
“For all Harry Kane’s experience, he’d have to be a robot not to be affected by the way Tottenham fans turned on him on Saturday night,” he wrote in The Mail. “He’ll feel awful at having every misplaced pass or failure to control the ball booed by his own crowd.
“And, yes, I feel sympathy for him because it’s at times like this that you need your manager and team-mates to help pull you through. At the moment they are giving him no assistance whatsoever
“If I had a stinker for Liverpool, Michael Owen or Steven Gerrard would normally take the pressure off by scoring the winner and I was allowed to get over any loss of form without the criticism that comes with defeat.
“If Kane doesn’t do it for Spurs, nobody will and he’s left carrying the can.”
Nuno must find Kane solution
And the ex-Fulham ace believes Nuno needs to do more to ensure that his talisman gets back to his best.
“United were probably nervous after losing 5-0 to Liverpool. But instead of Tottenham making a fast start, they were pragmatic and ponderous and allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to grow into the game, then dominate,” he added.
“It is up to a manager to give his best players the platform on which to express themselves. But what is Nuno Espirito Santo doing for Kane right now? Not enough.”