Newcastle United’s Lejeune slams Kane for ‘silly’ tackle

At the moment, Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane can do no wrong in most people’s eyes, but Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune has not forgiven the striker for one thing.

On the opening day of the Premier League season, the two clubs went head to head at St James’ Park, and Spurs came out on top in a 2-0 victory.

During the game, Lejeune suffered an injury blow as a result of Kane’s tackle on the defender inside the first 30 minutes.

The scissor challenge forced the Newcastle man to spend the next six games on the sidelines before making his return in a 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Kane was only punished with a yellow card by the referee on the day, but Lejeune thinks that the England forward was let off easily.

In an interview with Newcastle’s official website, the defender said:

“[The Premier League] is physical for sure, but sometimes players do silly things too. And I think it was a silly tackle by the player. I didn’t understand it. I never received any apology for the tackle. Regardless of the team or player, it is important to punish such tackles. Then you see a similar tackle a week later and it is punished by red. But that is football. Do you need to wait until a player breaks a leg to do something about it?”

Lejeune, who joined the club from Eibar on a five-year deal in the summer, has started five Premier League games this season.