‘Shout at people! I NEVER see him digging anyone out’: Roy Keane fumes at Harry Kane for poor leadership in Spurs’ 3-0 defeat against Chelsea… insisting ‘there’s a bit of a hangover from the summer’
- Tottenham’s second-half collapse saw them lose 3-0 to Chelsea on Sunday night
- Talismanic striker Harry Kane was once again extremely quiet for the hosts
- He has failed to score in his first four league games for the first time in six years
- And Roy Keane has told the Spurs star to start criticising his own players
A furious Roy Keane urged Harry Kane to be more aggressive after a powderpuff display saw Tottenham downed 3-0 by Chelsea on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were steamrollered by the Blues following second-half goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where talismanic striker Kane was once again anonymous.
And Keane told Sky Sports that the England captain – who scored in the 1-1 draw against Poland in his country’s most recent World Cup qualifier earlier this month – needed to be much sharper in closing down the opposition and holding his team-mates to account.
Roy Keane has urged Harry Kane (l) to be more aggressive after Tottenham’s 3-0 loss v Chelsea
Sky Sports pundit Keane insisted the talismanic striker needed to lead the line with more bite
Keane also suggested the whole affair regarding his failed mega-money move to Manchester City in the summer, as well as his exertions at Euro 2020, is now affecting his performances on the field.
He said: ‘He scored against Poland – they’re no mugs. But for the closing down, he’s your top man.
‘Knock someone open, shout at people! I never see him digging anyone out. There’s a bit of a hangover from the summer that would be my concern.
‘Sprint at people, get hold of the ball! At 2-0 down, he tried this Roy of the Rovers move. It was never going to work.’
Kane has not scored in his first four league matches for the first time since the 2015-16 season
Keane suggested he is feeling a ‘hangover’ from his failed summer move to Manchester City
The 28-year-old felt he had a gentleman’s agreement with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy which would allow him to leave if the right offer came in.
But while Jack Grealish – who had an official, formalised transfer release clause in his contract – got his move to City in a deal worth £100million, Kane had nothing on paper and was forced to remain at his boyhood club.
Kane, although he has a reputation for starting seasons slowly in terms of goalscoring, has not scored in his first four Premier League games for the first time in more than five years – since the 2015-16 campaign.
And fellow pundit Graeme Souness claimed Tottenham’s star man is currently playing too deep after being introduced to a more creative role under former boss Jose Mourinho, and for Gareth Southgate’s England.
Fellow pundit Graeme Souness added that Kane is playing too deep on the pitch to be effective
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo used Kane in an attacking midfield role, with Son in the No 9 role
He added: ‘Nuno’s finding out about his group and what his starting team is. Mourinho was credited with a different position for Kane.
‘As midfield players get older, they don’t want to be in the jungle. As strikers get older, they want to get closer to the ball. For me, he needs someone to point out to him that ”you’re a striker, get up the field”.
‘This club having a good year or a very difficult year depends on Harry Kane scoring again.’
After three 1-0 wins which saw Tottenham top the table, masking some of the side’s deficiencies, successive 3-0 losses against Crystal Palace and Chelsea have seen them fall to seventh in the Premier League table – a perhaps more realistic position.