Just as he did 12 months ago, Harry Kane has failed to find the net in August.
The season before last was a breakthrough for the Tottenham striker, and many expected the forward to tail off last term however he proved many wrong. Despite failing to score in his first six league games last campaign, Kane returned to form and ended the season as the Golden Boot winner with 25 goals.
The England international will hope that this isn’t be a running trend as his career progresses though with more and more pressure put on his shoulders, given that he is Tottenham’s main man for goals.
Tottenham’s last outing was a 1-1 home draw to Liverpool with Danny Rose salvaging a point for the Lilywhites, however Kane only had two touches in the opposition area and was substituted with the team searching for a winner.
Undoubtedly the striker has a natural eye for goal, his two seasons as a Tottenham regular is proof of that with showing he can score a wide range of goals, but as seen in the Euros something is off.
“Unfortunately there was a lot of talk last year and I managed to prove a lot of people wrong, so people will talk this year as well.
“It’s part of football. It’s what they’re doing. I am confident in my ability. I know that if I continue doing what I am doing the goals will come, that is all I can do.
“I think I didn’t score in my first seven or eight games and then to go on and win the golden boot proves that it was just a matter of time.
“People might talk now or if I don’t score in the next five or six games, it doesn’t bother me. I am a confident player.
“I know if I keep doing what I am doing I will score goals and that is what I am going to do.”
Is a lack of rest affecting Kane?
If you’re looking at Harry Kane’s last 18 months, it’s been a gruesome year and a half for the striker.
Kane broke into the Spurs team in November 2014 and became a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, scoring 21 goals in 34 games. That summer he was called up to the England Under-21 side for the European Championships meaning he had less time to recover for the 2015/16 season.
The 23 year-old last season featured 38 times, playing 90 minutes in all but nine of the games he featured in. He was then called up to the England senior squad as part of the Euro 2016 side meaning another summer of less holidays and recovery time.
Given the amount of football he has played since he was a regular in the Tottenham side, should the club and Pochettino allowed the forward extended time off?
With Champions League football to come, the signing of Vincent Janssen should ease some of the goal scoring burden and could perhaps see Kane rested more so than he has been in the past.
The club are seriously risking losing the forward to burnout or a long term injury, something that will affect both him and the team given that they have struggled in his absence before and with him not at his best this term.
If the club want to compete on a regular basis for Champions League football and keep hold of their prized assets they will need more than just Harry Kane to rely on to score goals.
Tottenham travel to Stoke City on Saturday before they host AS Monaco in the Champions League at Wembley Stadium, a fresh and rested Harry Kane would be ideal to kick off their European campaign but will he be afforded that luxury? It’s unlikely.