Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn offered up a possible explanation of why Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has struggled for the England under-21 side, as he co-hosted the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Kane has been quiet for the under-21 Three Lions side competing in the European Championship out in the Czech Republic, with Quinn suggesting that he’s below par performances could simply be because he’s tired.
“I just think he needs a bit of support for Harry Kane because he looks isolated and he’s on his own - I think he’s doing alright – Don’t forget he’s played in all of the Europa League games, the Premier League games,” he said on talkSPORT.
Kane’s a young man, so what’s the problem?
Kane will be as physically fit, if not fitter, than he’s ever been in his career so far but he’s playing for a big club at domestic level, where the weight of expectation and the pressure is huge.
It’s important to note that Kane was also part of the Tottenham side, which toured Malaysia and Australia as part of the post-season tour after the end of the Premier League season.
It’s arguable that he’s been carrying Tottenham’s attack for an extended period of time and despite the way he always talks positively, it could be all catching up with him as he’s not really had any extended break.
Tottenham need to take a cautious and sensible approach
It will be tempting for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to get him back into pre-season training as quickly as possible because of how important he’s become to the North Londoners.
However, he needs to resist that urge and Tottenham need to give Kane as long as he feels he needs off before he gets back into pre-season ahead of an important season for the White Hart Lane side.
Kane needs to be fresh and needs to have a spring in his step when he next plays a competitive game for Spurs.