Harry Kane is becoming a problem for Tottenham, who need to recover quickly from a terrible performance against Crystal Palace last time around.
Kane has been the subject of intense speculation about a move to Premier League champions Manchester City this summer, but Spurs have maintained their resolve to retain the England captain despite a £ 100million offer.
And things are going so well under Nuno Espirito Santo. Tottenham led the league after three games with little help from their top scorer.
The striker is not yet on the league scoresheet and only managed two shots in 198 minutes of action.
TalkSPORT expert Martin Keown believes the failed transfer to City still distracts Kane and the manager needs to make changes to his injury roster.
“Harry Kane just doesn’t get into the box enough, he just doesn’t look the same player,” said the former Arsenal defender.
“Of course he has a contract there so he was forced to stay and continue, but I think that’s what we’re going to see with Tottenham.”
After losing to Palace 3-0, Spurs play Chelsea in form at White Hart Lane, the North London derby will follow.
Keown continued, “I actually think this weekend they’re probably going to change their lineup to five whether or not that translates to more opportunities…
“But you compare that with [Romelu] Lukaku, the way he’s been for Chelsea, seven goals in six appearances, he’s been phenomenal.
“But that just isn’t happening for Harry Kane with the way they’re playing on the counter attack right now.”
Kane broke his scorer’s duck this season when he scored twice in a 3-0 Conference League win over Pacos de Ferreira, but didn’t look at himself any other way.
The England captain however scored in England’s three World Cup qualifiers during the international break, showing that the problem could be limited to the situation at club level.
Andy Townsend agrees with Keown, telling talkSPORT it will be some time before Kane overcomes his failure.
“It’s a problem for Harry this season because of what happened this summer,” he said.
“As much as he says ‘look at this, I put my head down, I keep going,’ we all know it doesn’t work that easily.
“You know it’s not that easy if you had your eyes set on a movement and it doesn’t happen, it can rock you a bit and you just don’t feel quite the same.”
But there is some hope that this could be the game to turn the tide.
After scoring three goals in his first four Premier League appearances against Chelsea, Kane has only scored once in his last eight in the competition against the Blues.
However, he was involved in 12 goals in his nine Premier League derby appearances in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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