Spurs and West Ham managers react to Hammers' 1-0 win
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strong dressing down of Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane proves that the England captain’s colleagues are losing patience with the striker. Kane has scored just one Premier League goal this season following a summer where it appeared he could leave the North Londoners.
It was widely believed that the 28-year-old wanted to leave Spurs during the off-season. A desire to win trophies prompted strong links with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola even publicly expressed his interest in signing Kane, but ultimately gave up after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made clear that his star player would not be sold.
Those transfer rumours, coupled with a gruelling summer taking England to the Euro 2020 final, appear to have taken their toll on Kane.
He was granted an extended summer break and returned to training days after the Premier League season started. And the forward seems to still be playing catch up, having scored just once in the top-flight in eight appearances.
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And Kane’s team-mates seem to be growing frustrated with Kane’s performances.
According to Football.London, Danish midfielder Hojbjerg screamed at Kane over his lack of pressing during Spurs’ EFL Cup win over Burnley.
Clarets defender Ben Mee attempted to start an attack in the final moments of the game, hoping his side could equalise following Lucas Moura’s goal.
Hojbjerg was unhappy that Kane allowed Mee time to pick a pass when he should instead have been closing down the former Manchester City man in an attempt to hold onto his side’s lead.
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Kane’s form has been criticised by pundits and supporters. New boss Nuno has used the player in a slightly deeper position which might have affected his ability to frequently score goals.
Former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham believes that Kane is fed up at the club having been denied the opportunity to leave in the summer.
Sheringham does not think Kane should be the club’s vice-captain, suggesting that he is not leading by example.
“He was probably given assurances that he could leave,” Sheringham told the Evening Standard.
“Those assurances haven’t been stuck to and it looks like Kane has the hump.
“He needs to change that around and realise he is still the Tottenham vice-captain and still a Tottenham player and do better.
“I think it’s a real tough time for Tottenham. When you have a striker who is also the vice-captain like Harry Kane, he leads by example rather than telling everyone what to do.
“That’s a very different scenario. They need a leader at the back or in midfield to dominate and dictate and tell people what they’re doing wrong.
“I’m really not a lover of a centre-forward being the captain and he’s not performing at the best of his capabilities at the moment, so he’s not even leading by example.”
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