Harry Kane’s woes under Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham have been highlighted by an incredible statistic involving Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso.
For much of the summer, England’s captain was at the center of a transfer scandal. This appears to have had an impact on his performance in the Premier League campaign’s first weeks.
Kane still has not scored in any of his four first matches in the new top-flight season. This is despite Nuno taking over the team in June.
Jose Mourinho gave Kane a deeper role but the 28-year old was still able win the golden boots with 23 goals.
But having had his future uncertain for so long, Kane has taken a sizeable step back following one of his best ever seasons last year.
While the lack of league goals is arguably the most glaring worry, a statistic that emerged during Spurs’ heavy loss to Chelsea on Sunday is even more concerning.
Opta claims that Blues wingback Alonso is more active in the opposition penalty area this term than Kane.
The Spaniard has touched the ball in his opponents’ box 12 times in the opening five matches of the season.
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To underline how worrying this is if the trend continues, Kane had 133 more such touches during last year than Alonso did.
This could be due to Alonso’s aggressive tactics, as the 30-year old has already reached the 31% mark from last year.
But it is nonetheless a major concern for Tottenham, with Kane’s lack of touches in dangerous areas clearly impacting his ability to have shots on goal.
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He has tried just four shots thus far this year. This season is also the first in six years where he has failed in four Premier League games.
Half of those shots game in the defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, with Nuno needing to find a solution to Kane’s problem with getting on the ball in the box quickly.