‘There were players that wanted to leave… you have to put your individual needs to one side’: Harry Kane urges wantaway team-mates to focus on Tottenham after failing to secure their exits as club try to overturn slump
- Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose all looked set to leave
- Harry Kane has urged those who wanted out to turn around their poor form
- Kane admitted the uncertainty around the futures of some has affected the side
- Spurs have won just two of their eight Premier League games so far this season
Harry Kane has urged his wantaway Tottenham team-mates to put their ‘individual needs’ to one side and help the club get back to winning ways.
Several of Spurs’ first-team stars were linked with moves away from the club as Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld all looked like leaving during the summer transfer window.
Jan Vertonghen – who has entered the final year of his contract – also fell out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino at the start of the season, and Kane admits the uncertainty over the futures of some players has unsettled the north London side.
Harry Kane has urged his Tottenham team-mates to turn around their poor form
‘Obviously in the transfer window just gone, there were players who maybe wanted to leave, and it was public knowledge that there were players close to leaving who stayed,’ Kane told Sky Sports.
‘So it’s never easy when you have a situation like that, but now that’s closed, we all just want to move in the right direction.
‘Whoever is on the pitch has to give everything for the club, that’s all we can ask for.
‘You have to kind of put your individual needs to one side and make sure you’re performing to the highest level, because that will help your individual status anyway.’
Christian Eriksen (R), Toby Alderweireld (L) and Jan Vertonghen’s (C) futures remain unclear
Left-back Danny Rose seemed to be earmarked for sale by Tottenham during the summer
Eriksen was a target for Real Madrid in the summer but did not join the Spanish giants
Tottenham are in a poor run of form at the moment and have registered just two wins in their eight Premier League games this season.
They were also dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by League Two Colchester United on Tuesday night, leaving Spurs fans annoyed and frustrated at missing out on an opportunity for silverware.
Kane insists he and his team-mates can’t hide behind excuses anymore and need to get back to winning ways when Southampton visit this weekend.
‘To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we’ve set in previous years,’ Kane said earlier this week.
Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation means there is uncertainty over his Spurs future
Eriksen featured on Tuesday as Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester
‘Obviously the two draws at (Manchester) City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.
‘We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season, we just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.
‘[Game management] is something we need to get better at, when we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.
‘We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us any more. It’s down to us players to take responsibility.’
Kane insists his wantaway team-mates need to put their ‘individual needs’ to one side