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Harry Kane is 'almost ruled out' of finishing as this season's Premier League top scorer because of a tactical flaw in Tottenham Hotspur's style of play, and his slow start.
That is according to former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, who believes Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo all have a better chance of topping the scoring charts this season.
Kane has yet to get off the mark in the league this season having failed to score in four Premier League appearances so far and has been criticised for his performance against Chelsea on Sunday.
Despite a winning start, back to back 3-0 defeats have left Spurs in seventh place after five matches.
Kane made 13 appearances under Sherwood during the 2013/14 season when the former Aston Villa manager was in charge at White Hart Lane.
However, his former boss does not think Kane will out score his rivals this season unless Spurs start creating more chances for him.
Sherwood, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side bet on Arsenal v Spurs', stated: "I could see Ronaldo being top scorer, why not?
"He’s in good company for a start. Kane’s a late starter and the way Tottenham are playing not creating many chances you can almost rule him out.
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"He’s a multiple winner so should you ever rule him out? But you’d have to say at the moment they’re not creating too many chances and Kane’s let the other players get a head start on him.
"Mo Salah will always be up there for top goalscorer and I think Lukaku will be in and around it but Ronaldo’s in with a chance."
Lukaku and Ronaldo have both already scored three league goals this season, while Salah is joint top of the charts with four Premier League goals for Liverpool so far.
For Sherwood, Ronaldo is his choice to end the campaign as top scorer as he went on to add: "Ronaldo will always score in the big games, the head-to-head games and the games where it really matters because I think that’s when he steps up.
"It’s not necessarily about his numbers, even though they are incredible numbers what he scores, but he’s tailoring his game as well and we’re not seeing him out on the left, or the right, or coming too deep, he’s staying by the post anticipating, waiting for the goalkeeper so he can tap in.
"That’s not luck, he’s been there in the arena and he smells the opportunity and you can’t rule him out. It probably depends how many games he plays, and he will decide how many games he plays, though it won't be up to Solskjaer.
"He’ll say ‘I’m playing in this one, take me off at 60 minutes in that one’ and he will have it all planned out for Ole."
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