Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is struggling to do what he does best at the moment; score goals.
He may have broken his weird August duck with strikes against Fulham and Manchester United, but the England captain is harbouring some criticism, with many feeling as though he should be kicking on as he usually does around this time of year.
It’s now three games without a goal for Kane, who also failed to net on international duty.
Some are putting it down to fatigue, which may well be playing a small part in his lack of prolificacy.
But there is something else about Kane these days which may better explain his lack of goals and clear-cut chances.
Since the World Cup, Kane has shown a tendency to drop a bit deeper than usual.
In games this season he has come to work in areas typically occupied by a ‘number 10’.
In theory, this is to allow the likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen to run into the space he has vacated.
Tottenham and Kane started brightly, but he is having less and less impact on games.
It happened again against Internazionale on Tuesday – he didn’t have a single shot.
The striker, valued at £135 million by Transfermarkt, is sacrificing the very best aspect of his game; peppering the goal from in and around the box with his world-class shooting ability.
Kane is wasted by coming deep, because there is then no one to fire home those golden chances.
Alli is nowhere near as clinical as Kane, and Moura is also not an out and out striker.
Kane is a natural finisher and should revert back to his usual game, before his few matches without a goal turns into a fully fledged drought.
If he continues in this vein, he’ll come nowhere near the 20-30 goals tally he usually posts in a Premier League season.