Gary Neville believes Harry Kane looks unhappy at Tottenham as the striker’s wait for a Premier League goal this season continues.
The 28-year-old, who was strongly linked with a move away from Spurs throughout the summer transfer window, has played five times in the league so far this season but is yet to find the back of the net.
Sunday afternoon’s defeat to Arsenal was another match where Kane did not quite look himself, albeit the service to the England captain was very limited, but this might be a trend that is beginning to concern some Tottenham supporters.
Neville has now claimed that Kane “doesn’t look happy” and thinks there is something wrong with the Spurs striker’s body language at the moment.
“He just doesn’t look happy, last week I thought it was a risk shoving him on the left wing, today I thought he did play higher but the balls up to him were long punts in the first 20 minutes,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“The big thing for me, you mentioned competitiveness, Harry doesn’t look himself in terms of his body language, he doesn’t look happy, he looks like he’s carrying the situation from the summer and he still could’ve had two or three goals and a penalty.
“There’s still a contribution, he’s not himself and neither is Son. So I’m not singling him out, Son and him look like they’ve had their balloons popped at a party when you were a kid. “
Neville also spoke about Tottenham’s overall performance against Arsenal and believes Nuno Espirito Santo‘s style of play might be negatively impacting some of his new players.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “I was surprised against Chelsea they came out all guns blazing, high press and it shocked Chelsea and I think the players at Tottenham prefer that style of play and they’re used to that under Pochettino, to say the game plan was completely the opposite, sit back and let them come onto you, you’re almost giving those players they’re quite good enough to press.
“Kane, Moura, Son, Alli – they’ve pressed high for years and it didn’t look like they responded to the game plan and they didn’t believe in it that’s my feeling.
“That’s why Nuno maybe said the plan wasn’t right for the players, think he recognises they want to press high.
“I thought that was the type of result and performance that will mean he changes and he’ll probably go to his three at the back because I don’t think they’re good enough as a centre-back pairing, they can’t find a pairing strong enough.
“He may go to a three or five at the back like he did at Wolves which would be a platform to build from. Reguilon looks like a left wing-back anyway.”