Frank McAvennie says Harry Kane cannot justify being picked to start Tottenham’s matches at the moment because of his poor form, but dropping him would be risky for Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Portuguese manager joined the club in the summer and would have been confident that Kane would score the goals that the team needed.
The Englishman scored the most goals in the Premier League last season, so he is an accomplished striker.
But his form has dipped in this campaign and he has no goals in the league so far.
McAvennie says everyone should earn their place on the team and Kane has been unable to do that so far and should be dropped.
However, he casts doubt over a replacement in their squad and says if they bench him and lose a game, there would be a backlash.
“How can you justify starting him?” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“I know he’s scored against some absolute nobodies in the fizzy pop Europe Conference, is that what we’re judging him on?
“He was dreadful for England the other night, truly dreadful. He will now go and score at the weekend now I’ve said that.
“Dropping Kane would send a message but I don’t think Tottenham can. Who else will come in?
“Then if you drop Kane and Tottenham lose, Nuno will get all kinds of hell.
“It’s a real catch-22 for him. I think if you are playing badly you need to be dropped.
“Kane has been nothing short of shocking in the league this season.”
Kane also struggled during the international break with England and Spurs fans hope he gets back to form on his return against Newcastle tomorrow.