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“He is not quick enough to be that.” Scholes speculates why Kane is struggling at Tottenham
By Bruce Grove -

Former Manchester United star turned pundit, Paul Scholes believes Tottenham is now a counter-attacking team and Harry Kane cannot perform in one and that is why he is struggling now.

Kane is yet to score a league goal in this campaign despite emerging as the top scorer in the Premier League last season.

Scholes suggests that the change in management and system is responsible for his current poor run of form.

Son Heung-min has been Tottenham’s main goal threat in this campaign and has left Kane behind him in most of the club’s attacking play.

Scholes says Spurs play on the counter now and Kane is simply not a counter-attacking player.

The Premier League winner said on The Overlap: “They are playing on the counter attack. Harry Kane is not a counter-attack player. He is not quick enough to be that.”

This revelation may give Tottenham one more reason to either sell the striker when they get another chance or to sack Nuno Espirito Santo and bring in a manager who can bring out the best in their most reliable attacker.

For now, Spurs fans will hope that the likes of Son will keep scoring the goals that the team needs.

Kane also struggled for England during the international break and that could suggest that there is more to his poor form than meets the eye.

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Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago

Scholes is wrong, Harry is plenty quick enough to play on the counter if he needs to, but his best role in the counter attack is when HE receives the ball in the middle and he is the guy who plays the ball to Son or the other breaking players.

Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago

But weren’t we a defensive, counter attacking team under Jose?. Didn’t Kane then produce one of his best scoring and assisting seasons playing that way.

Scholes typically with something useless to say. Like what Roy keane said about him. Quite in the dressing room, then has a platform to speak then suddenly knows everything.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

Kane was up for it under Jose, for a long while it looked like we were in for top 4. Then the Levy struck and it was a case of Poch all over again. Kane finally saw through the fake that is Daniel Levy. Now his motivation has gone, no doubt aided by the poison dwarf screwing him over re. his move to City. What amazes me is that Levy actually believed he still had the player he had before all that. He must think Kane is a mindless machine like he is.

Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago

I agree Levy’s actions has affected Kane. That’s why Kane has hit this slump.

But the point i was make was more about Scholes talking about
Nuno being an counter attacking manager, and that’s the reason why Kane’s form has dropped.

Not the fact Levy has crushed the soul of Kane and that he should have done what he did with Berbatov, Modric and Bale and that was to let him go. Take the money and try to get a couple of players who want to be at the club, even it they just look at spurs as a stepping stone.

We all know under Levy spurs won’t be a team players would come to for long term, because everyone knows we won’t have success.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

Of course you are also right about Jose being the counter-attacking manager.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Quite right, we played on the counter under Jose too, Jose however knew how to use him in his system. He played a lot deeper and got loads of assists as well as his usual goal haul. Perhaps Nuno doesn’t know how to use him in a counter attacking team. However, Scholes is talking fairly poorly thought out drivel, like 75% of pundits, to be fair.

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Jose knew how to get the best out of players who bought into him. Its just the problem was the players who were against Jose, were also players who levy loves. Such as Dele, Winks, Dier and levy pandered to them.

Players who should have been shifted out and got the players Jose wanted. Levy has this idea that the manager should love these players regardless. Look at United under Fergie, he didn’t love everyone and not everyone loved him, he got rid of those who didn’t, but kept those who would be professional and get the job done until he was ready with a direct and suitable replacement, hence there success for many years.

I like Nuno but he’s out of his depth here and wasn’t the right man for the job. Paratici I’m still not sure on, he’s success at Juventus i think was largely due to Marotta, Juventus down trend and Inter’s up trend happento be at the same time Marotta swaps jobs.

The appointments levy should have made for a rebuild was to hire Luis Campos as DOF, and Erik ten Hag as manager. Two people who have achieved success with smaller clubs or less financially powerful clubs. Both would give levy his academy products as well as finding players on the cheaper side but with quality. Plus the playing style Levy wants and what we as fans which is attacking, expansive football.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Unfortunately our owners don’t understand football or what coaches need. If they wanted keep bringing in younger players (nowhere near proactive enough either) then Jose was not the right man for the job.

There’s no way Levy sanctions bringing in a 27 year old demanding 150k a week on a four year contract. Jose would have needed about four of those to put his plan properly into action. Unfortunately, people also conveniently forget Jose’s high praise of the squad when he took the job. A manager of his experience can’t be saying that and then start claiming most of them are deadbeats six months later. It just doesn’t work like that…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

I remember Jose saying that the squad was better than what he at United. But at united most of the players bought into him and he won things there before things turned sour.

But the thing is they can become deadbeats six months later if they’re not put the effort in. Ability only goes so far if you don’t work on top of it. Only a few worked at it, so he has the right of players aren’t putting the work in at training or on the pitch, then he has every right to call them out on it, the problem is in society people don’t like it because they’re to soft and their feelings might get hurt for a little bit.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

I hear all that, but motivation of the squad is the coaches responsibility, there can be nobody else. If the squad drop their levels then the manager’s head is on the block. It xx will be the same for Nuno as it was for Jose and Poch. Although with the latter, he did have them going very well for a good period of time and deserved backing. On that basis alone.

Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

I agree that its the coach’s responsibility. But why would you want to motivate sub par players like winks and dele.

Who levy wants to be in the first XI. Then leave the likes of Skipp who is far superior than Winks ever was, and put Le celso on the bench or out of position to accommodate Dele.

Unfortunately the manager gets the flack for it all. There should be more accountability on the players, and Levy and Lewis for allowing it all to happen.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

Lol… Kane actually broke Henrys record for goals and assists under Jose…. The top players don’t need motivating at all, the majority of players know how to motivate themselves or they wouldn’t be pro footballers.. A coachs role is far deeper.. A winning mentality philosophy is essential…. We could motivate Winks with hypnotism and all the greatest coaches alive but he will never be winning us leagues or cups.. Half our squad isn’t good enough Easty this is the cold hard fact.. No manager or amount of motivation can sort out the likes of Sanchez Davies Winks Dele Dier Lo Celso Ndombele.. They are what they are.

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