Why Harry Kane's form is a major concern for Spurs ahead of Palace clash
After a stuttering start last weekend at Goodison Park, Tottenham Hotspurs will be hoping to kick off their campaign at home in style by beating London rivals Crystal Palace. However, they may have to do so without one of their star men being in form as Harry Kane continues to struggle with the start of the season.
Following on from the end of last season, Harry Kane is currently on a run of three games without a goal in the Premier League, his longest run since the start of last season, when he went six games without a goal at the start of the campaign. Concerningly, a pattern seems to emerge, as in 2014, it took him five games to score his first league goal of the season.
After a dreadful campaign at Euro 2016 with England, with poor performances only made worse by Roy Hodgson’s decision to have Kane taking corners and set pieces leading to criticism from fans. Now more than ever, Mauricio Pochettino needs his star man to get off to a good start with some goals to boost his confidence.
That was far from the case on Saturday as the 23-year-old failed to even get a shot off as Everton defended well and made it look easy to handle the former Millwall and Norwich loanee. Crystal Palace will be hoping that he repeats that performance today to give Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and Wayne Hennessey a relaxed afternoon at White Hart Lane.
Responsible for 38% of Tottenham’s goals last season and their top scorer with two and a half times as many goals as the next top scorer, Dele Alli, this form for Kane is a major concern for the north London side, who cannot afford a slow start to their league campaign as the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have made vast improvements to their squads from last season.
Pochettino may well be tempted to give Vincent Janssen, their most eye catching summer signing to date, a chance. Janssen was put on as a sub as Spurs went to a 4-4-2 formation at Everton, and the Dutch 22-year-old managed to have two shots in the penalty box in his 34 minutes. Janssen scored 27 league goals for AZ Alkmaar last season and is an exciting prospect, though it’s worth pointing out that he failed to score in the first seven games of his Eredivisie campaign last year.
Fortunately for Spurs, Erik Lamela has stepped up to the plate, as he did last Saturday at Goodison Park with a second half equaliser. That became his seventh goal or assist in his last Premier League games, and the Argentinean will be desperate to maintain that form in the coming weeks and prove to have the consistency that he has previously lacked at White Hart Lane.
Spurs will be hoping that they will have enough to overcome Palace, who are one of the worst sides in the league for form, having won just 11 Premier League points in 2016, fewer than Newcastle United (20) and Norwich City (14) who were both relegated. Alan Pardew may well be hoping that a misfiring Harry Kane could give them an opportunity to snatch a point, or maybe even three…
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