COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Harry Kane is under big pressure to end his torrid goal-scoring drought which stretches back to 2 May.
The 23-year-old forward has not scored a competitive goal since the infamous 2-2 draw with Chelsea which handed Leicester the Premier League title.
Since then Kane has failed to find the net in 10 competitive matches for Tottenham and England, and will be desperately hoping to end the run on Saturday against Stoke.
Kane is yet to score for Spurs in the current season and also endured a dreadful Euro 2016 campaign, in which England crashed out in the last 16 by losing to minnows Iceland.
Saturday’s visit to the Britannia Stadium will provide Kane the perfect opportunity to return to top form after he scored two goals in the fixture last season.
Despite the recent dip of form he has still scored 64 goals in just 130 games for Spurs, and won the Premier League golden boot last season for his 25 league goals.
That came despite a barren run at the start of last season, when it took Kane seven games to register his first strike in the Premier League in a home game against Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to continue his side’s unbeaten start to the season against a Stoke side who sit at the foot of the table, with just one point from their first three fixtures.
If Kane’s recent form continues though, Pochettino may be forced to turn to summer recruit Vincent Janssen.
The forward has been limited to just one start since he joined White Hart Lane and will be desperate to try replicate the form he showed in the Dutch League.
Janssen, 22, scored a remarkable 32 goals in just 49 appearances for AZ Alkmaar and is expected to put Kane under pressure for a starting spot.
With Pochettino electing to stick with just one forward in his trusted formation it leaves the pair battling for just one position, and Kane will need to improve quickly if he is to continue being the club’s preferred striker.
In other Tottenham team news, they have been dealt a major blow as their senior player has been ruled out of the Stoke clash.