Glenn Hoddle says Harry Kane is too depressed for Tottenham (Getty/Premier League Productions).
Glenn Hoddle believes Harry Kane is playing too deep and has asked Jose Mourinho to give Tottenham Hotspur’s players a clear message about their mentality once they take charge.
Kane gave Tottenham the lead against Fulham on Wednesday night, but Scott Parker’s side took advantage of a poor second-half performance from Spurs to salvage a draw thanks to a header from Ivan Cavaleiro.
Spurs have already lost 10 points in the Premier League this season, while Mourinho’s men are six points behind Manchester United in the title race with a draw.
And Hoddle thinks the problem is that Spurs players don’t know whether to score a second goal after they’ve scored one.
I think they need more possession, they need freedom in their minds, I think it’s a mental thing, Hoddle told Premier League Productions.
They are now in a situation where they are falling too low.
Harry Kane scored Tottenham’s first goal against Fulham (Getty).
I also think Harry sometimes falls too low. It’s a good thing he joined these posts.
In the second half [against Fulham] he played too deep for my liking. I like him when he comes to these posts, but he’s not worthy of being here.
And that’s why all four backs go a little further.
But I think it’s more than that, I think if they lead 1-0, they’re in the hot seat – they’re not sure they’re going to put on the handbrake and watch the game, well it’s not working, they’ve lost 10 points [in gaining positions this season].
Ivan Cavaleiro’s header earned Fulham a point (Getty).
You have to look at it from a different angle. They let Aurier run a little right, they let Reguilon run, but they’re very unbalanced in the way they attack when they have a 1-0 lead.
I’ve seen it before, they seem to take Aurier or whomever on the right and run the left. I think they need to take a little more risk to get the second goal and then win the points.
I think they should have a bit of a conflict and I think Harry Kane and the experienced players should ask the manager if he’s not really talking: I’d rather sit back and win the game 1-0, I ask him: What should we do? At each other’s throats?
Spurs have already lost 10 points from this season’s promising positions under Jose Mourinho (AFP via Getty)
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At this point, it looks like they are on the defensive. You need to get 100% clarity from the person in charge: Do we get a second and finish the game?
Because this could be a season of what it could have been, given those 10 [lost] points. If this continues, they will look back and say Wow, what if we got these points by winning positions we should have.
When they take a 1-1 lead, they turn the situation around and start shifting bodies forward and being aggressive with the pass, so that’s where they wait to get out.
I think one part of the team wants to attack and the other part wants to defend a bit. There must be clarity.
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