Harry Kane needs to score for Tottenham, but he is trying too hard.
Kane has gone another week without finding the back of the net for Spurs, and his problem in front of goal is affecting Tottenham negatively.
Leading the line as Tottenham’s hero, Kane is expected to play every game, and with no natural option to call upon as a back-up striker, the England international has no choice to play.
If he is not scoring goals, it is hard to see who will find the net consistently, and Spurs have looked disjointed this season without Kane in the same form as he was last term.
His performance in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland showed little to suggest that Kane is closer to breaking his drought in front of goal, and it appears as if he has now become a player who is negatively affecting the Lilywhites all round play.
He wants to score, but he has now placed his needs above those of the team, and the disjointed performances are down to Kane’s selfishness in front of goal.
Against Sunderland, Kane once again led the line, and he was heavily involved in play. He touched the ball 59 times, but rather than utilise his possession to create chances for his teammates, the 22-year-old often went about to try and break his goalscoring drought.
He attempted four shots - of which only one hit the target - and although he had possession of the ball 59 times, he only passed it to a teammate on 29 occasions - and none of the passes created goalscoring opportunities.
On top of this, he also tried to create chances for himself rather than playing an easier pass to a teammate, attempting nine dribbles. He managed to complete just two of these dribbles, being dispossessed seven times when taking players on.
Kane is trying so hard to score his first Tottenham goal of the season that he is placing his needs above those of the team. Mauricio Pochettino has no natural striker to call upon as his replacement, but both Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie can play centrally if needed.
They may not be natural goalscorers, but as members of a collective they are excellent, and their skills would bring other players into the game.
Kane has proven himself to be a great team player when the pressure is off him, but now that he is trying so hard to hit the back of the net, the youngster has become a selfish striker who is making Tottenham a worse team when he is included in the starting XI.