Harry Kane has had a slow start to the season after uncertainty over his future during the summer transfer window.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s striker has played in three of Tottenham’s five opening fixtures of the Premier League season, in which they have lost two and won three.
Despite Kane playing 90 minutes in all three of those matches, the three-time golden boot winner is yet to score in the 2021/22 season.
The England captain scored twice in the second qualifying leg of the Europa Conference League game against Pacos de Ferreira.
He also scored Tottenham’s second goal in the Carabao Cup fixture against Wolves during the week and helped the team get through to the next round with his successful penalty kick in the shootout the Lilywhites won 3-2.
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Kane is a player a lot of teams would want in their starting XI and Man City’s Pep Guardiola hinted that he is the type of player his side could be missing.
“Strikers are strikers. They live outside of the bubble a team creates,” he said when previewing their fixture against Chelsea, which they won 1-0 on Saturday.
“We don’t have this weapon like other teams have, like United, Chelsea or Tottenham – we have to use what we have as a team.
“We don’t have a player who scored 25 goals himself. We do it as a group and that is what we will try this season.”
There was a lot of talk during the summer about the 28-year-old moving to Man City but after much uncertainty about a £150million transfer, he remained in north London.
Kane committed himself to the Lilywhites just before the transfer window shut but Tottenham fans have had a mixed response to his performances upon his return.
Former Spurs midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, agrees with many that he hasn’t returned to his usual solid form and thinks the transfer saga could still be playing on his mind.
“He hasn’t looked his normal self and I think he’s hung up on it,” he said in an exclusive interview with football.london.
“I think now he needs to get over it, he needs to do what he needs to do for the team, in terms of performing well on the pitch.
“He needs to get back to where we know he can be because he’s a world-class striker but it looks to me like he’s been playing like he’s got the hump and I know how that feels.”
Kane played 90 minutes against Espirito Santo’s former side during the week but O’Hara has revealed that something has to change if he wants to leave the north London club.
“He’s got to be professional and perform because otherwise his move’s never going to happen and if he wants to move then he’s got to be playing well,” he said.
The England captain has scored the most goals in North London Derbies so Sunday’s trip to the Emirates Stadium is the perfect time for him to kick start his goal-scoring this season.
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