Why Nabil Bentaleb’s comments about Harry Kane could be worrying for Tottenham Hotspur

Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane played key roles in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane in the North London derby on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb was effusive in his praise of teammate Harry Kane to Spurs TV on Saturday.

England Under-21 international striker Kane had just scored both goals in Spurs’ 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal in the North London derby.

The 21-year-old has been one of the best young players in the Premier League this campaign, and he had just added two more goals to take his tally to 12 for the season (22 in all competitions).

Algeria international Bentaleb, who also played an important role in the North London derby, was the architect of Kane’s second and winning goal.

“Once I picked up the ball I was just thinking about putting it in the box and I saw Harry, good movement and I put the ball in the right place,” the 20-year-old told Spurs TV.

“We all know Harry’s qualities, he can score at any moment, just feed him and he’ll do the rest. He’s been amazing this season.”


While Bentaleb’s comments about Kane show just how much faith the Tottenham players have in the youngster, they also expose their reliance on him.

True, Kane has been scoring goals left, right and centre so far this season, but depending on one player for goals is risky.

The Tottenham striker’s shot accuracy is not exactly exceptional - 59% - which means that he does not always get his shots on target.

This is not underplaying Kane’s ability, but the stat does suggest that Bentleb and his Spurs teammates should not always “feed” the ball to him.

Tottenham need to find other sources of goal - although Christian Eriksen has scored nine times in the Premier League so far this campaign - and not always bank on Kane scoring.

Or else Spurs could have a problem in the final months of what promises to be a very successful season.

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