Pundit: This is what must change at Tottenham for Kane to destroy Leeds
Tottenham fans will have seen the Harry Kane they “know and love” after his performances with England, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed it was down to 28-year-old’s Spurs teammates to “step up” in order for him to replicate his Three Lions form at club level, starting with Sunday’s clash against Leeds United.
Kane netted seven goals in two World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino on Friday and Saturday respectively.
The striker moved level with Gary Lineker in the all-time England goalscoring stakes after scoring his 48th international goal.
Kane is taking almost half as many shots for Tottenham this term as he did during his Golden Boot-winning 2020/21 campaign (2.28 vs 3.92 per game, as per FBref).
Whelan insisted the onus is on his Tottenham teammates to provide the hitman with adequate service.
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“We saw Harry Kane scoring back-to-back hattricks for England – that’s the player Tottenham fans will know and love,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“He’s finding it really hard to find that kind of rhythm for Spurs. Conte needs to look at how he scored those goals and get him into those positions and areas on the pitch.
“It’s about taking pressure off him and getting him higher up the pitch rather than having him dropping deep. If Kane has midfield players he knows and trusts, as with England, he doesn’t need need to be in those areas.
“It seems like he is having to go out and search for the ball in order to create a chance.
“He feels like he has to be that leader out there and make things happen. Spurs are really lacklustre at the moment in terms of creating chances.
“His teammates need to step up and take the pressure off him. That’s when we will see the best of Harry Kane.”