Ian Wright has claimed that he sees a player in Tottenham striker Harry Kane who is ‘not quite at it’, as he told ITV Sport.
England recorded a 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday, with the Spurs striker failing to make an impact.
Gareth Southgate played an attack-minded team, with Tottenham’s hitman having the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount feeding him all game.
That was also the first time in nine years the Three Lions dropped points at home in a World Cup qualifier, so it’s not just the Spurs academy product who was finding it difficult last night.
Former England international Wright would have gone through many spells like Kane is going through now, as he was pretty blunt when talking about him yesterday.
“I just see someone who’s not quite at it,” said Wright. “He starts the season very slowly. He needs to get up to speed, in respect to his sharpness.
“A couple of offsides he could have avoided, just with a bit more sharper thinking. But Harry Kane will be fine, he just has to get himself going. He just has to get sharp.”
Many will point towards what happened in the summer and how that is still affecting Kane.
That isn’t an issue now, in regards to him being distracted, but his lack of preparation is now hurting him.
Arriving late for pre-season, whether it was purposely done or not, no pre-season, then being thrown straight into the action, is all hurting Kane now.
This is like an extended pre-season for him and he is still trying to find that zip to his game.
It just goes to show that when the best of the best are under-prepared how much it can hurt them.