Ray Wilkins delivers verdict on Tottenham stuttering form
By Dominic Toner
Ray Wilkins believes that Tottenham are suffering without their talisman Harry Kane.
The 23-year-old has been sidelined for Spurs’ last nine games after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September.
Kane has returned to training and could make his comeback in the Premier League clash with rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but will miss Wednesday’s European tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs are currently in a disappointing run of results and have not win in their last five games across all competitions.
Sky Sports pundit Wilkins believes that they would be winning games if Kane was leading the attack and gave them an average grade for their recent 1-1 draw with Leicester.
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“I think Tottenham are missing Harry Kane more than they think to be perfectly honest – Harry would have put a few of those chances away,” Wilkins wrote on Sky Sports’ website. “They are still playing with the same energy and creating chances, but they just can’t score, so a ‘B’ for Tottenham.
Spurs have only scored three goals in their last five games and Kane’s absence has begun to impact the team.
Summer signing Vincent Janssen has been used by manager Mauricio Pochettino, but he is still searching for his first goal from open play.
Kane has become the club’s first-choice option in recent seasons and was the Premier League top scorer last season with 25 goals.
The forward scored an incredible 66 goals in just 133 appearances since breaking into the first team, with loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester helping his development as a youngster.
In other Tottenham news, Victor Wanyama has shared his thoughts on Wembley ahead of their Champions League game.