Tottenham boss Nuno responds to Roy Keane and Gary Neville criticism of Harry Kane

Nuno gives backing to Kane amid stuttering start to new season

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has defended Harry Kane’s form following criticism from the likes of Roy Keane and Gary Neville. Kane has incredibly failed to score a Premier League this season and has at times appeared distracted by summer transfer links to Manchester City. 

The England captain made public his desire to win trophies and was heavily linked with the top-flight champions. City boss Pep Guardiola even broke rank by telling journalists that he wanted to sign Kane.  

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remained firm in his stance that Kane would not be sold.  

Kane told supporters that he would remain with the North Londoners for the season but his campaign has not gone to plan so far.  

None of the 28-year-old’s six goals this season have come in the Premier League. He also struggled during England’s 1-1 draw with Hungary on Tuesday and was substituted with the Three Lions needing a winning goal.  

His performances have prompted criticism from fans and pundits. 

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“There is no middle ground with Kane,” former Manchester United midfielder Keane told ITV.  

“When he’s on fire he is fantastic and when he is off – and we’ve seen many times before – it’s like he is on his heels and he can’t get up to speed with the game. 

“Whatever is going on at club level, he does need to do a bit more when he’s not at his best in terms of general play.” 

Keane’s former United team-mate Neville recently conceded that there have been ‘alarm bells’ over Kane’s form and pointed to his inability to touch the ball inside the opposition box during Spurs’ 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in August.  

“They are difficult circumstances in the sense that he did want to further his career and win trophies,” Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast

“Kane chose this summer to publicise the fact that he wanted to leave and to win trophies, but Daniel Levy and Tottenham decided to keep him which is their right as he’s under contract. 

“But it’s never easy when a player wants to leave your club and everyone in the ground and in the dressing room knows that he wants to leave. Things aren’t going well.  

“We had the stat at Crystal Palace where he’d played his first 90 minutes without a touch in the opposition box or a shot on target. Little things like that start to ring before the game.”

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But Nuno has now jumped to Kane’s defence and has insisted that the striker does more than score goals.  

“With Harry, it is normal what people have been saying, and I’m sure he is used to it,” Nuno told journalists on Friday.  

“But we are relaxed. We know there is much more than goals with Harry in terms of what he does for the team. He is a fantastic player, one of the best – and the goals will come. 

“I don’t see anything different about Harry, and it is about realising that things will happen naturally.  

“We have to provide things to happen as a team and a club. We have to know that sometimes you are on top of the world, and sometimes not. But you always need support, especially from our fans.  

“And I support him the same way I do with any other player – at training, with solutions that I think are better for them, speak with them when I need to. There is no difference.”
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