Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Kane stuck in ‘smashed’ Spurs spiral

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Harry Kane knew he could ill afford to waste another season of his prime years at Tottenham, but Spurs’ refusal to entertain Manchester City’s interest has left the England captain stuck in a side going nowhere fast.

Yet to score in the Premier League this season, Kane cut a frustrated figure as Spurs were blown away in the first-half of Sunday’s north London derby to lose 3-1 to Arsenal and fall into the bottom half of the table.

Any semblance of optimism around the club after keeping Kane against his will and winning Nuno Espirito Santo’s first three league games in charge has quickly vanished.

Three consecutiv­e defeats, by a combined score of 9-1, have been the reality check of where Spurs stand and why Kane wanted to leave

to add trophies to individual accolades and goal-scoring records.

“We lost complete control in the first-half. We got smashed,” said Spurs captain Hugo Lloris.

“When you concede three goals in each of the last three league games you cannot hide the problems.” Had Kane have had his way, he could have been leading the line for City this weekend as they beat Chelsea to show they remain the side to beat in the title race.

Next up City travel to face Paris Saint-germain in the pick of this week’s Champions League ties. Tottenham, by contrast, host Slovenian side NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.

That was not the level Kane envisaged playing at when he signed a six-year contract in June 2018 just months before Tottenham moved into a new 1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) stadium and reached the Champions League final for the first time.

Nuno was finally hired, nearly three months after Jose Mourinho was sacked, when initial approaches to bring back Mauricio Pochettino and for Antonio Conte failed.

The Portuguese did not hide from his responsibi­lity for Spurs’ latest defeat.

“The performanc­e was not good. The game plan was not good. The decisions were not good,” said Nuno.

 ?? ?? Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane reacts during the North London derby -Reuters
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane reacts during the North London derby -Reuters

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