Harry Kane proved his critics wrong when they called him a one-season miracle.
Now he needs to show that he is not a summer mistake by getting back on the Premier League goal mark for Tottenham.
The infamous England captain always had trouble scoring for his club in August.
Now he’s in danger of extending his top-flight target drought through September as we await the campaign’s first strike.
As he prepares to lead the line for Spurs in Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates, his slow start to the season shows his forced through a move to Manchester City during the transfer window He is deeply affected by his failure to do so.
His exit strategy was a relentless disaster that damaged the reputation of FA Golden Boy Kane, who is now threatening to ruin him and Tottenham’s season.
The Golden Boot winner from last term has not seen the same player in his four love performances so far.
The star, who wears the No. 10 shirt for Spurs, is playing like a false No. 9, hardly bothering the shoulder of the opposition’s last defender.
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He was playing so deep in their 3-0 home loss to Chelsea on Sunday that he almost ended up on the Victoria line.
His smile that has become so common in recent years has disappeared and he seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders.
The credit for carrying Tottenham since bursting onto the scene in 2014 is now being taken to the player himself.
Don’t believe for a minute that he’s not even trying or threw in the towel, it’s not his style.
He’s still catching the ball well and getting teammates into the game with his trademark Teddy Sheringham-esque crossfield pass.
But at the moment, Kane is not contributing to the opposing penalty box where it matters the most.
His desire to be there to finish off attacks has triggered further downfield, which was not the case until now in this period.
Of course, he could still be shut down after his summer’s labor of skipping England in the delayed Euro 2020 final.
Or maybe another trophyless season at Tottenham, his exhausting hunt for a manager and his heavy appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo have taken the life out of the frontman.
But many believe that speculation associating Kane with taking over the city – which doesn’t forget that everything was inspired by himself – is the reason why he is not performing to his high standards.
He wouldn’t be human if every time he came to Tottenham he didn’t think ‘I can be at Manchester City now, challenging for respect under Pep Guardiola, one of the best coaches in the world’.
But Kane will have to turn around the fact that he is still at a great club like Spurs and he may never go to City or Manchester United or anywhere, certainly if he keeps playing like this.
Kane has to find his form…quickly
As the old saying goes, form is temporary and class is permanent.
No one is expecting his current league drought to last forever, even if he has looked away from the pace so far.
Ken has proven his skeptics wrong on countless occasions in the past, and you’ll support him to do so again.
But from his and Tottenham’s point of view, it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
And Sunday in the Emirates would be the perfect time to start.