Allardyce backs Tottenham ace Kane, looks to alternative goal-scorers
By Alex Taylor
New England manager Sam Allardyce has backed Tottenham striker Harry Kane to quickly rediscover his goal-scoring form.
The Spurs star hasn’t scored yet in the Premier League this season and his club haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their three league games.
Kane did have a slow start to last season as well, when it took him seven games to register his first league goal, before going on to win the Golden Boot.
Rival stars Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both got off to flyers, with three league goals each after three games.
Allardyce took over from Roy Hodgson as England manager this summer after their failure to beat Iceland at Euro 2016, but he doesn’t see any long-term problems for his key striker and thinks goals will come from other places even if Kane draws a blank in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
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“We wouldn’t expect Harry to be dry for too much longer,” Allardyce told the Mirror. “Minutes and goals isn’t it? Confidence grows.
“Harry can play in the hole the No.10 role at Tottenham. He is finding out what can work, like I will be able to do now.
“The goals he [Sturridge] scores are always at the back of your mind. There is one thing you always know: how many goalscorers have you got on the field? How many goalscorers can you maybe bring on who can make an impact?
“If you look at Antonio’s record it’s outstanding from wide position, not just his service but also the goals he scores. Raheem Sterling too – he’s scoring goals, not just providing them.
“So that’s given me confidence that if Harry isn’t scoring goals other people are and they will score the goals at Slovakia we need.”
Despite Kane’s stuttering start to the 2016/17 campaign, Football Insider exclusively reported last week that Spurs were to revive talks over a new £110,000-a-week contract for the England youngster.
Over the course of a five-year deal it would be worth at least £28.6million, more than any contract ever handed to a Spurs player.
The club have also made an attempt to support their star man by welcoming Dutch striker Vincent Janssen to the club this summer from AZ Alkmaar for £18million.
In other Tottenham transfer news, their imminent new signing trains with the first-team squad.