Nuno may need to force Harry Kane into a spell on the bench
Harry Kane just has not cut it this season for Tottenham.
The England skipper may be one of the greatest English goalscorers but every player suffers dips.
Having missed out on a move away over the summer, Kane’s start to the season has been dreadful.
Against Chelsea the 28-year-old featured in a wide position behind Heung-Min Son, which failed horrendously.
Next up for the Lilywhites in the Premier League is a trip to bitter rivals Arsenal.
We’re not expecting to see Kane miss out on that clash.
However, should he fail to deliver and have another anonymous afternoon then dropping him will have to be in Nuno’s thoughts.
Last season saw Kane finish the Premier League campaign as the top goalscorer and top assister.
This season, though, we’re five games in and he’s yet to have register a goal or an assist.
The underlying numbers don’t look pretty either for Kane.
Last season he was averaging 0.64 xG90 (expected goals per 90 minutes) compared to this season’s 0.22 xG90.
His creative figures have taken a similar dip, with his xA90 (expected assists per 90) falling from 0.22 to 0.11 (Understat).
Nuno needs to be prepared to drop Kane
If Kane can’t start getting shots off, creating space and making things happen for Tottenham then he shouldn’t be playing.
Maybe it’s time for the England man to have a reboot.
He’s turned from a menace in the box into an all-round player in recent years.
Getting back to when he did most of his work in the box could be the way back for Kane.
If his numbers don’t improve, though, Nuno will have to make a tough call and be prepared to leave his star man out if he has to.