Harry Kane says Antonio Conte has the full backing of the Tottenham squad despite the team’s inconsistent form.
Spurs are seemingly stuck in win-lose-win-lose cycle at the moment, often following up impressive victories with disappointing defeats.
The recent remarkable 3-2 win at Manchester City was followed by a shock loss at Burnley, while thrashings of Leeds United and Everton have been ruined by subsequent defeats at Middlesbrough and Manchester United in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.
All the while, Conte has clearly improved Tottenham’s general play since arriving at the club, while long-serving players and new signings alike have thrived in numerous games.
The problem is consistency. Spurs could well miss out on a fourth-place finish because of their strange form, and they are now unable to win any silverware this season.
But despite those disappointments, Kane has insisted there is no quick fix and Conte has the support of the playing staff.
“Obviously I still feel like we’re in a process,” Kane told Sky Sports. “We went two or three years challenging for trophies then we dropped off over the last couple of years. With Antonio, he’s building a culture that he wants to be and wants to put us back in that place.
“The Premier League, it’s such fine lines between challenging or being top four or being sixth, seventh or eighth. Every team is getting better and there are no easy games.
“Of course the manager is working as hard as he can and the players are working. It’s not a quick fix that happens overnight, it takes time and understanding. Of course he’s mentioned he needs to talk to the club and chairman and to see what direction we need to go as a club. From my point of view, the players’ point of view, we can’t speak highly enough of him.”
Kane does seem genuinely enamoured with Conte, which could serve Spurs well in their quest to keep the England captain at the club in the summer. Champions League football would also be a big help – let’s hope Spurs can achieve it.