Nuno Espirito Santo already has his answer to big Harry Kane conundrum at Tottenham

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Dane Scarlett has had a successful international break with England Under-19s and Nuno Espirito Santo may now look to him if Harry Kane’s goal drought continues.

The England captain has scored six goals for Tottenham this season but is yet to net in the Premier League, which is unusual for the three-time golden boot winner.

Scarlett has made three appearances for the first team, all coming in the Europa Conference League and has featured on the bench in nearly all league games so far this campaign.

Going into the second international break of the 2021/22 season, the Lilywhites had won four and lost three of their league fixtures, leaving them eighth in the table.

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Kane played 76 minutes in England’s fixture against Hungary on Tuesday but he wasn’t in top form and only received a four in football.london’s player ratings.

“Had a couple of OK sights of goal early on but appeared heavy-footed and notably dropped deeper as frustrations grew against an obdurate visiting defence,” chief football writer Alan Smith described.

“He has started seasons slow before but for him to be still misfiring in mid-October must be a concern. Justifiably hooked for Tammy Abraham for the final 15 minutes.”

There have been mixed responses to the 28-year-old’s start to the season, for both club and country, with some expecting more but some, including Kane himself, feel there is no need to worry.

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“Every time I step on the field I give it 110%, for club and country,” Kane said in an interview with ITV after the game.

“Performances, for club and country haven’t been there the last few weeks but there’s no need to panic. I’m confident in myself, I’m confident in my teams I play in and that’s the way it goes.”



Harry Kane is yet to score a Premier League goal this season.
Harry Kane is yet to score a Premier League goal this season.

From one England striker to another, unlike Kane, Scarlett isn’t struggling for club or country and is continuing to impress.

In his interview last week, Tottenham’s managing director Fabio Paratici praised the 17-year-old, as well as fellow young teammates Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp.

“We are very happy about Tanganga, Skippy and also Dane, they love the club. You feel they have something special about the club,” he said.

“They are so educated, that is the word I like a lot, they are so educated about culture of work and not just about football.”

The London-born striker hasn’t disappointed on his international duties with England Under-19s during this break, as he scored their only two goals in their defeat against Belgium on Tuesday.

He also played 120 minutes across the two games previous, which both ended in 3-1 results with a win against Mexico and a defeat against France.

In February, Tottenham’s former manager Jose Mourinho lauded the youngster’s talent.

“Dane has incredible talent…Immense talent. Very good physical development,” the Portuguese manager said in his post-match press conference after Spurs’ Europa League victory over Wolfsberg.

“He’s very good, he’s going to be very good. I hope that nothing is going to destroy that potential. He must have feet on the ground and head on his shoulders because he has a fantastic talent.”

The 17-year-old hasn’t disappointed and continues to show his talents when he gets opportunities, leading some fans to want him to get more game time.

Scarlett is only young so the pressure of week in and week out Premier League fixtures could still be too much for him, despite Kane’s goal drought, but should it go on much longer – the youngster could be a wildcard option to ease that burden on Kane.

Both Espirito Santo and the England captain himself will be hoping he can get back to his goal-scoring ways soon, whilst Scarlett will be waiting for his call for gametime whenever that comes.

Source by Football London

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