Harry Kane concern raised for Tottenham in Erling Haaland comparison

Kane heaps praise on Antonio Conte for impact at Tottenham

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Harry Kane is not a “goal-pig” like his Manchester City rival Erling Haaland, claims ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara. Kane has been criticised for his performance in Spurs’ Champions League defeat to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end in the Portuguese capital. Late goals from Paulinho and Arthur Gomes stole a 2-0 win for the hosts.

O’Hara watched the game and vented his frustration about Kane on talkSPORT afterwards. Despite being a huge fan of the 29-year-old, O’Hara was not happy with what he saw on Tuesday.

The pundit says Kane does not have as much of a hunger for goals as Haaland does. Haaland has already scored 10 times in the Premier League this season following his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

O’Hara said: “I have to say I thought Harry Kane was poor tonight. I’m a huge, huge Kane fan but… I know you look at his passing and you see the Hollywood balls that he plays.

“But for me, he was off it tonight. His little touches in and around the box were bouncing up, his first touch let him down.

“I look at Haaland right, a goal-pig. He will score goals every single week because he’s always in and around the six-yard box. I don’t see that with Harry Kane and I saw that tonight.”

O’Hara defended Tottenham’s overall performance and thinks it is unfair to say it was ‘Spursy’. He added: “It wasn’t a Spursy performance, I think you’re being a bit harsh [to say that].

“In the first game we lose it’s straight away ‘oh, it’s Spursy again’. You’re just jumping at the fact we’re going backwards again.

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“Tonight wasn’t great, it wasn’t a great performance. It had 0-0 written all over it but the defence at the end let us down.”

Spurs boss Antonio Conte felt a draw was a fair result but insists his team must continue to adapt to Champions League football. He said: “For sure, at the end, we didn’t deserve to win, but at the same time, we didn’t deserve to lose.

“We played against a team that is used to playing in this competition. It’s important… to play in this competition means you are able to manage all these situations.

“We will continue to work, to have a good reflection about the game, take the positive situations and work on the negative situations.”

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