Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has blamed participation at the under-21 championships over the summer for Harry Kane’s current goal drought.
The homegrown hero introduced himself to the White Hart Lane faithful last season with an unprecedented 31 goals in all competitions, becoming an instant fans favourite in the process.
However, Kane is yet to hit the back of the net in 2015-16, with six Premier League games going pas without any goals.
The young forward opted to represent England in the international competition in the Czech Republic between domestic campaigns, with the Argentine trainer claiming that the tournament is a key reason that Kane is not firing.
“I think Harry is the same person and he has the same mentality as last season,” Pochettino told The Guardian.
“But maybe at the end of the season, he rested, he went to the Euros and he didn’t score at the Euros in three games.
“He came back late for preseason and then you need to recover the time. Sometimes you are not in the best scoring condition when you start to play and you don’t score and your confidence goes down. This is probably what has happened but it is a good experience for the future.”
Kane is set to lead the line for Spurs as the club take on league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane later today and will hope to hit the net.
The North London club have relied on new signing Son Heung-min for goals so far this term, with the South Korean the team’s top goalscorer in all competitions despite only arriving in the summer.