Roy Keane urges Harry Kane to be more aggressive after Tottenham loss

‘Shout at people! I NEVER see him digging anyone out’: Roy Keane fumes at Harry Kane for his display in Spurs’ 3-0 defeat against Chelsea… insisting ‘there’s a bit of a hangover from the summer’

  • Tottenham’s second-half collapse saw them lose 3-0 to Chelsea on Sunday night
  • Talismanic striker Harry Kane was once again extremely quiet for the hosts
  • Kane’s failed to score in his first four league games for the first time in six years
  • And Roy Keane insisted clubs want strikers to ‘lead the line’ with bite and vigour
  • The fiery Manchester United legend told Kane to start criticising his own players 

A furious Roy Keane urged Harry Kane to be more aggressive after a powderpuff display saw Tottenham downed 3-0 by Chelsea on Sunday. 

After playing well to go in 0-0 at half-time, Spurs failed to continue those performance levels in the second half and were steamrollered by the Blues at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with talismanic striker Kane once again anonymous. 

And Keane told Sky Sports that the England captain needed to be much sharper in closing down the opposition and holding his team-mates to account. 

Roy Keane has urged Harry Kane (l) to be more aggressive after Tottenham’s 3-0 loss v Chelsea

Sky Sports pundit Keane insisted the talismanic striker needed to lead the line with more bite

He said: ‘He scored against Poland – they’re no mugs. But for the closing down, he’s your top man. 

‘Knock someone open, shout at people! I never see him digging anyone out. There’s a bit of a hangover from the summer that would be my concern. 

‘Sprint at people, get hold of the ball! At 2-0 down, he tried this Roy of the Rovers move. It was never going to work.’

Kane eventually remained at the club despite a transfer saga seemingly all summer long about whether he would join Manchester City, with Keane suggesting the whole affair is now affecting his performances on the field.

Kane has not scored in his first four league matches for the first time since the 2015-16 season

Keane suggested he is feeling a ‘hangover’ from his failed summer move to Manchester City

The 28-year-old felt he had a gentleman’s agreement with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy which would allow him to leave if the right offer came in.

But while Jack Grealish – who had an official, formalised transfer release clause in his contract – got his move to City in a deal worth £100million, Kane had nothing on paper and was forced to remain at his boyhood club. 

Kane, although he has a reputation for starting seasons slowly in terms of goalscoring, has not scored in his first four Premier League games for the first time in more than five years – since the 2015-16 campaign. 

And fellow pundit Graeme Souness claimed Tottenham’s star man is currently playing too deep after being introduced to a more creative role under Nuno’s predecessor as permanent boss Jose Mourinho, and for Gareth Southgate’s England.

Fellow pundit Graeme Souness added that Kane is playing too deep on the pitch to be effective

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo used Kane in an attacking midfield role, with Son in the No 9 role

He added: ‘Nuno’s finding out about his group and what his starting team is. Mourinho was credited with a different position for Kane. 

‘As midfield players get older, they don’t want to be in the jungle. As strikers get older, they want to get closer to the ball. For me, he needs someone to point out to him that ‘you’re a striker, get up the field’. 

‘This club having a good year or a very difficult year depends on Harry Kane scoring again.’ 

After three 1-0 wins which saw Tottenham top the table, masking some of the side’s deficiencies, successive 3-0 losses against Crystal Palace and Chelsea have seen them fall to seventh in the Premier League table – a perhaps more realistic position. 

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