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“Pathetic” – Roy Keane unloads on Spurs, Harry Kane after FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough

By Eddie Razo -

Tottenham Hotspur is still dealing with the after-effects of crashing out in the 5th round of the FA Cup against Middlesbrough. The north London club will go another season without winning silverware, and Spurs is barring the brunt of jokes and criticism. 

One pundit that’s not holding back their remarks on Spurs extra-time loss is Roy Keane, who called Tottenham’s performance in their FA Cup loss “pathetic” during a segment on ITV

“Spurs… Spursy! How many times do we have to say it? Whatever’s in that club’s DNA – the players – there’s a weakness there,” Keane said. “It’s really pathetic, but I wasn’t surprised. Going up to Middlesbrough in midweek, probably a bit cold. No surprises there.”

Keane also singled out striker Harry Kane for not elevating himself against Middlesbrough. Furthermore, the English football pundit questions the leadership of Kane. 

“Where was he yesterday? If he is your main striker, he has to do more – he has to lead them. He does not lead them that well, and you saw that yesterday.”

Tottenham will now focus on finishing in the top four as a consolation prize for another trophyless season. However, that will be challenging considering the number of points they dropped over the past few weeks. 

Nonetheless, they still have an opportunity to possibly play in UEFA Champions League football next season, or it will be a summer with a lot of reflecting on their part since manager Antonio Conte could decide to leave.

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East Stand
East Stand
6 months ago

Overall though Keane is right. How many times do we see Spurs fail, time after time, after time. It’s no fluke, it’s because the owners won’t pay for the personnel one needs to win things.

Too old or too highly paid (or both).

Signing only unproven punts aged between 19-22 and selling on your best experienced players will always lead to failure, as it has done for 23 years.

ENIC SCUM.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
6 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

Pretty simple, Chelsea had nineteen trophies during Abramovich’s reign, all bought and paid for. That’s how you win things. I still wouldn’t want to be a Chelsea supporter even with all their trophies.

Harry Hotspur
6 months ago

This comment infers that football clubs without money are somehow spiritually cleaner than those with money.

Spurs have also spent fortunes, our turnover makes us Deloitte darlings.

So I’m confused.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
6 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Nothing against money or wealthy owners just that owner.

Harry Hotspur
6 months ago

You may not like my latest Daily Briefing!

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
6 months ago

Then modern football isn’t t for you.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
6 months ago

Digging out one of our own is harsh. But he’s right in a way. I see him speaking from experience that a player like Kane has to lead the rest. Spurs are a team that have to be led too. They cannot function without their best player playing well. A good squad can. They can step up where as our lot retreat into their shell.

Sad really that we have such an over reliance on one player.

Sonificent
Sonificent
6 months ago

Yes, Roy, Kane is the problem. Great player but a muppet of a manager and these type of statements make it clear why.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
6 months ago

Thats why a goalkeeper as a captain is part of the problem.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
6 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

Gotta make either Romero, Hodjberg or eventually Bentacur skipper.

England Mike
England Mike
6 months ago

Keane should look closer to home, however I wish someone within this club with some kind of influence would make such comments to Levy in front of everyone and state some home truths.
Someone like Ledley, Daws or Graham Roberts need to open up instead of accepting nice little earners from the club, desperately disappointing that some don’t do something positive.
As for Kane and co, I don’t get why we can’t change systems and be more possession and attack minded, especially at home, go 4-4-2 with two wingers.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
6 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

Everton away, 5-4. That’s what happens.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
6 months ago

kane dropped from 10/10 performances against Leeds, City and Brighton to an 8/10…and he’s right, we then tend to struggle.

but demanding 10/10 fromKane every game seems a bit unreasonable

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
6 months ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

No player got anywhere near an 8 at Boro SG.
Kane 6? Son 3

Legoverlass
Legoverlass
6 months ago

Kanes problem is the dross he plays with. Give Kane and Son quality service and they will score more times than not, We have zero creativity behind them both and they are having to drop deep to get the ball. We haven’t replaced Dembele or Erickson since they left and we have quite rightly shown the door to Ndombele, Lo Celso and Ali. What we didn’t do was replace them with quality in the midfield in January. Conte was in my opinion furious at the lack of quality brought in during the January window.Bentancur is a defensive midfielder and Kulu lacks the pace to damage teams. Compared to Traore and Diaz they are cheap punts as usual from Levy. We were knocking at the door of the CL pre Christmas.The January window was possibly as important as the summer window to come as it could have helped us secure CL football. We need CL football to attract the quality additions we need.Conte knew that and what does Levy do? He disappears on vacation for the first two weeks of January and then in usual fashion lowballs and delays on both Traore and Diaz and loses both deals.We should have had targets identified by Conte and Paratici pre January. We should have brought in the players needed in the first couple of weeks and those players should have been in the squad against Chelsea. Instead once again we fail to show ambition and we lose three times to Chelsea during that one month and follow that with defeats by Southampton, Wolves, Burnley and now Middlesbrough. No wonder Conte looks downbeat. This club is going nowhere until Levy and ENIC have departed.The “Spursey” term is as a result of their total disinterest in winning anything and it permeates throughout the club all the way down to the team. Conte has realised that as well.

Last edited 6 months ago by Legoverlass
Cali
Cali
6 months ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

On the spot very true cheers.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
6 months ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

The exact opposite of Chelsea, every player knows the board will pay whatever it takes to win. Still wouldn’t want the club to have owners like that.

Paddio
Paddio
6 months ago

We lack a true big lump of a no9, kane is split between roles and with spurs. Conte previously stated before coming to the club he’d keep kane further up and the sides that play a variant of 343/352/3412 if they do well have an out and out 9 and not one filling in the gap at 10.

eddie
eddie
6 months ago

Most of what he says is true,but singling out Kane is a cheap shot.Due to our Lack of quality throughout the team means Kane plays every game working two positions.

He looks to score our goals,but due to the lack of any creativity in MF feels the need to drop back and try to make chances for other players.He can’t do it all himself.

Yes most of the players are poor,but it’s not just them,it’s Conte as well.Clearly he doesn’t have the players to play his referred system using wingbacks.But he is so stubborn he will not try other systems to suit the players at his disposal.

The reason we can beat City and Leeds is because we know they leave space behind to be exploited by the counter-attack.Burnley and Middlesboro are totally different,they will use the low block knowing we don’t have the wherewithall to fashion many scoring opportunities.

Until Levy changes his MO,he will always prefer the cheaper option of replacing the manager rather than investing wisely in the squad.Nothing will change until ENIC/Levy are gone.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
6 months ago

A lot of what Keane says about Spurs is correct, he has called out our flakiness in the past but I’m not sure why he keeps signalling out Kane. He can’t do it single-highhandedly and if it wasn’t for him Spurs would be in a relegation battle. I firmly believe that. Kane can’t be expected to continually carry Spurs when he is surrounded by numpties.

Hotspursboys
Hotspursboys
6 months ago

Roy Keane cannot afford to talk about any player the way he walked out on Republic of Ireland during the world cup finals. He is always blaming somebody else never himself. A lot of Irish people don’t have much time for him.

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