Erik Lamela has defended Harry Kane’s below-par start to the season, insisting that all of Tottenham’s attackers must contribute goals – not just Kane.
The Argentinian was on the scoresheet for Spurs in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League before Christian Eriksen found the net in the midweek defeat to Inter Milan.
Kane barely had a sniff in either game, adding to concerns over the striker’s form since injuring his ankle in March.
Much has been said about the 25-year-old’s displays, but Lamela believes Kane is receiving too much flack for failing to find the net regularly.
“Harry is not a machine,” Lamela said (via the London Evening Standard). “He scores a lot. Yesterday, he didn’t, and for two or three games he didn’t, but he will score again. It’s not like Harry needs to score every single game.
“Yesterday, Christian scored and I scored in the last game. Sonny [Heung-Min Son] will score, Lucas [Moura] will score. All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score — and that’s it. [Inter] were tired, we should have scored more goals. I had a lot of chances but their keeper did well.”
Kane scored 41 goals in 48 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions last season and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup with six strikes, but his performances haven’t been close to his usual high level for some time now.
The goalscoring ability of Spurs’ other attackers, including Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son, should lift some of the pressure from Kane, but he will always be criticised while he isn’t scoring because of the standard he has set over recent years.
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