Former England international and Leeds United player Lee Bowyer has told the Daily Mail that he was surprised Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane made the decision to go and represent the England under-21 side earlier in the summer.
Kane struggled to produce anything close to his best form in the under-21 European Championship as a talented England squad struggled to make an impression.
Kane is now facing a big challenge at Tottenham to build on the form and progress that he showed last season, as he ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer across all competitions.
“I was surprised Harry Kane went. He’d had a long season and is Tottenham’s main striker. Nine times out of 10, it is the clubs calling the shots,” he told the Daily Mail.
“And not just the Under 21s, the full national side too. How many times do you see people pull out having just played on the Saturday?”
Pochettino must sign a striker
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must sign some attacking support to come in and play alongside Kane or instead of him for two main reasons.
Firstly, Kane can’t be expected to carry the weight of Tottenham’s attack for an extended period of time all over again.
He definitely looked fatigued playing for the England under-21 side, with the pressure firmly on his shoulders.
Secondly, the manager needs to give himself a different option in attack because there are going to be times in the season where the opposition finds effective ways to keep Kane quiet.
When that happens, Pochettino needs a Plan B to inject some unpredictability into his game, giving Tottenham an extra attacking dimension.