Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham striker Harry Kane has an issue because he has no genuine competition in the squad for his forward position.
The 26-year-old is the first-choice striker for Spurs, which has seen him start all Premier League and Champions League games so far this campaign.
He’s managed seven goals in 10 matches across all competitions and has been one of the brighter sparks despite his team’s struggles.
Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura are versatile attackers that can slot into central roles, but are often deployed out wide by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
That leaves inexperienced 17-year-old Troy Parrott as the only understudy at striker, as 34-year-old target man Fernando Llorente exited in the summer.
Jenas has explained that Kane needs to have a teammate pushing him on and used reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as an example.
“You’ve got a player up front, Kane who knows he is playing week in week out. He is not being pushed anymore. He needs someone snapping at his heels,” Jenas wrote in the Express.
“But now Spurs should be a club like Man City, who have got players like [Sergio] Aguero and [Gabriel] Jesus pushing each other. Harry Kane has no one pushing him.”
Spurs did dip into the transfer market in the summer to make some bright additions, but it seemed bizarre that they didn’t add a striker following Llorente’s departure.
The Spaniard proved a useful squad player last season by popping up with some important goals and was a different option for Pochettino to call on.
Kane would perhaps have to give an extra five per cent if he had someone in the squad behind him really pushing for his spot, but academy graduate Parrott is still years of that and is developing as a teenager.