Harry Kane ‘can’t keep Tottenham together anymore,’ claims Glenn Hoddle, calling on the striker’s team-mates to ‘improve’ after another poor performance in the Europa Conference League draw in Rennes
- Tottenham Hotspur stumbled in group stage with a draw from the blocks in Rennes
- Talisman Harry Kane has yet to shine for Spurs at the start of the season
- However, Glenn Hoddle thinks his teammates are not showing enough support
- The Spurs legend claims the midfielders are far too slow on the ball
Glenn Hoddle has challenged Tottenham’s underperforming stars to perform after the club’s mixed start to the season.
Spurs opened the season with three consecutive wins in the Premier League, but have already lost in the Europa Conference League to Portuguese Pacos de Ferreira, while being hammered 3-0 at Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side barely improved on Thursday night as they got three points in their group stage opener after a 2-2 draw in Rennes.
Harry Kane started in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 Europa Conference League draw in Rennes
The striker was replaced in the 54th minute of the game by fullback Emerson Royal
Harry Kane started the stalemate in France before being replaced by Emerson Royal in the 54th minute, but it now means he has only scored twice in five games.
Both goals came in the home game against Pacos de Ferreira, where Spurs took an expected comfortable 3-0 home win in the return leg after their first 1-0 loss.
Kane has yet to find form since he failed to secure a transfer at the club this summer and Spurs legend Hoddle believes the rest of the team’s attack and midfielders are not doing enough to take the burden of the 28-year-old to light up.
“I think the pattern of play… they have a three in midfield and sometimes they don’t play fast enough. I think they are playing too slow in that midfield,” Hoddle said BT Sport.
“Harry Kane can’t have the season he had last year and keep that team together…he can’t do it again!”@GlennHoddle believes Spurs’ squad needs to step up and be more consistent if the club is to have a successful campaign ⚪#UECL pic.twitter.com/PKti0jHKfC
— Soccer on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2021
However, Glenn Hoddle (right) believes it’s not up to Kane to carry Tottenham’s season again
The Spurs legend has called on the likes of Tanguy Ndombele to improve their consistency
‘Ndombele came in and we looked for him to create. He is a hot and cold player. Some things he does within 90 minutes are fantastic and other things you try to work out what he is trying and trying to achieve.
“So I think his consistency levels need to get better. The will of [Lucas] Moorish, [Steven] mountain wine and [Dele] Alli, there are a lot of players out there who need to improve.
“Harry Kane can’t have the season he had last year and keep the team together. He can’t do it again.
“He needs these other players around him to improve their game and become even more consistent. Ndombele has a lot of talent, but is he a player you can put your hat on for a season?’
Spurs bad at Rennes (above) after 3-0 Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace
Hoddle has also called on the likes of Dele Alli (left) and Steven Bergwijn to show improvement
Lucas Moura is another player Hoddle has chosen to stand up and lighten Kane’s burden
Kane played a key role at Spurs last season, playing largely under Jose Mourinho’s management before being sacked in April.
The England captain has scored 23 goals and provided 14 assists, making him the first player to top both Premier League charts since Andy Cole at Newcastle United in 1994.
The Spurs took the lead via an own goal in France on Thursday, but were then tied up again and had to concede again with 19 minutes to play. However, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized just five minutes after falling behind.
After two poor showings, Nuno hopes Spurs will make drastic improvements on Sunday as they welcome London rivals Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.