What was wrong with Tottenham's Harry Kane in Everton draw?

England's Harry Kane looks dejected

Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane wins the 2015/16 Barclays Golden Boot Award, scoring 25 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane had a disappointing afternoon as he struggled to get going during his side’s 1-1 draw at Everton on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Spurs entered the game having high hopes of getting their title challenge off to a good start, yet they quickly found themselves behind as Ross Barkley profited from some slack defending to fire ahead.

Last season, such a scenario wouldn’t have dampened the North London side’s spirits given the huge amount of attacking quality available to them, yet at Goodison Park they found life tough.

England's Harry Kane

Everton quickly got in shape off the ball and harried the Spurs players in possession, meaning little service was being fed to the forward players - not least until the introduction of Vincent Jansson on 55 minutes.

Erik Lamela subsequently grabbed the equaliser midway through the second period his display deserved, yet Kane on the other hand had an afternoon to forget with little going his way.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonDuels LostTake-onsTouchesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Harry Kane 0 0 1 0 9 0 35 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the England international failed to make much of an impact in the final third and often lost out to an improved Everton defence under the guidance of Ronald Koeman.

Kane failed to register a single shot on goal or aerial duel won, while over the course of the 90 minutes he managed just 35 touches of the ball and lost as many as nine personal duels.

England's Harry Kane looks dejected

The talented forward has bags of ability, yet there is denying his disappointing form for the national team in France and boss Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping he quickly snaps back into gear.

On the balance of the second half, Spurs deserved a share of the spoils and the major positive of the day came with Janssen’s introduction showing Pochettino’s side can adapt when things aren’t going their way.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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