Tottenham started their Europa League campaign last night with a 3-1 defeat of Azerbaijani champions Qarabag at White Hart Lane.
The home side were decent going forward, but one thing that was missing from the performance was a goal from out-of-form striker Harry Kane.
The England international did well to set up Erik Lamela for the team’s third, but that first club goal this season still eludes the striker.
Out of Luck
Kane proved on international duty with England that he has not forgot where the old onion bag is, scoring in both of the Three Lions recent Euro 2016 qualifiers. His performances for his club side have not been terrible, but it is just not happening for the striker in front of goal.
Even the best strikers in the world sometimes need an element of luck to kick-start their flagging fortunes. Kane just needs some luck to open his club account this season.
He seems to be trying too hard at the moment to open his scoring account for the season. Former-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke recently suggested the striker needs to chill out when in front of goal.
The expectations on Kane’s shoulders for this season are massive, after he scored 31 goals in all competitions in his breakthrough season with Spurs. That sort of form is also likely to raise expectations.
It was simply a sensational start to his Premier League career and it was always going to be hard to live-up to, especially as he is the clubs only out-and-out striker.
Kane’s talent and ability to score goals is undoubted. The striker has too many good attributes just to have been a one season wonder. He has good football intelligence and links up well with his teammates and that is what helped him establish himself as first choice striker last season.
International strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor started last season in front of the striker in the pecking order. Neither was firing, so the youngster was given his chance and he has never looked back since.
Kane was one of the few of England’s most talented youngsters who were keen to take part in the under-21 European Championships in the summer. The likes of Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling were given the summer off and in Barkley’s case it has worked wonders for the playmaker.
Kane took part in the tournament in the Czech Republic and was one of the few players who actually put in a decent display for Gareth Southgate’s lion cubs. His participation in the tournament may just have hindered his fitness heading into this season.
Last season Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen was on hand to create chances for the England international. The former-Ajax star has missed the last three Premier League games with a knee problem and is doubtful for Spurs home game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
His return could be crucial to Kane scoring again for Spurs. Kane is the sort of striker who can fashion chances for himself, but most goalscorers rely on good service. The youngster has had chances to score. However Spurs have not created a heap of chances this season for the striker.
The acquisition of South Korean Heung-Min Son seems to have been a shrewd one already. Son had got into double figures goal-wise for the last three seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
Not only will the wide-man chip in with assists, it seems he could also take some of the goalscoring burden off Kane’s shoulders. Son scored a brace against Qarabag and looked lively on his Premier League debut at Sunderland.
Harry Kane has always come across as a confident youngster, who has a mature outlook on life. Even the best strikers go through lean spells in front of goal and Kane is no exception.
The youngster is now odds of 30/1 to win the Premier League’s golden boot this season, but has recently stated that he wants to make it to 18 top-flight goals a season in an attempt to beat Alan Shearer’s record of 260 goals in the Premier League.
It is still very early days in the campaign and Kane still has time to reach his goals this season, especially as he did not become a regular in the Spurs team till November last season, yet still scored 31 goals.
The young striker will be confident of rediscovering his touch in front of goal for Tottenham in the near future and his goals will be vital for Spurs this season.
Can Harry Kane rediscover his scoring form in the near future?