Pundit Chris Sutton has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Tottenham striker Harry Kane looks a shadow of his former self at the moment.
Kane was in action for England earlier today, as the Three Lions claimed a late 1-0 win over Slovakia in their 2018 World Cup qualifier thanks to Adam Lallana’s injury-time winner.
England were frustrated for large parts of the game in Trnava, and striker Kane particularly cut a forlorn figure as he led the line on his own under new manager Sam Allardyce.
Kane struggled at Euro 2016, and he carried similar form into the game against Slovakia as he snatched at the few chances he did have before being substituted for Daniel Sturridge.
Questions are now being asked of Kane’s suitability for the England side, despite the fact that he’s smashed 46 Premier League goals in the last two seasons.
He has though failed to get off the mark so far this term, and his frustration goes on after firing another blank against Slovakia, with pundits criticising him again.
Former England striker and current pundit Chris Sutton has told the Daily Mail that he felt Wayne Rooney simply didn’t play close enough to Kane, but did look happier when his Spurs team-mate Dele Alli came on as a substitute.
Ultimately though, Sutton suggested that Kane looks a shadow of his former self, noting a couple of occasions where Kane squandered opportunities he would have taken last season.
“For Kane to be most effective he needs players in and around him to link up with,” said Sutton. “The Tottenham striker is a very intelligent player but he isn’t blessed with great pace so needs players to get closer to him. Rooney spent most of the match closer to the halfway line than the goal and failed to touch the ball in Slovakia’s box.”
“Kane looked much happier when Dele Alli came on and played much closer to him — albeit against 10 men. I know Kane is lacking confidence and appears a shadow of the player who won the Golden Boot last season. In the first half he missed a great chance where he couldn’t get his feet sorted out when the ball came in.”
“Then, soon after the break, he took a second touch when presented with an excellent opportunity to shoot. The confident Kane of last season would have shot straight away,” he added.