Tottenham have three players who need to ‘step up and help Harry Kane’ claims Glenn Hoddle

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Tottenham’s transfer business over the summer left many excited, especially following the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo. Yet the Portuguese manager failed to reach the heights expected, and his failure to get Harry Kane scoring drew criticism. But former Spurs man Glenn Hoddle believes it is the fault of his teammates, not their ex-manager.

The Lilywhites currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, closer to relegation than they are to the top of the table.

With the second-worst goalscoring record in the league so far this season, questions have been asked over their attacking contingent – especially Kane and Son Heung-min, who scored a combined 40 between them last campaign.

Much of that can be owed to the appointment of Nuno, who became Tottenham boss in June before swiftly being sacked in November after a run of five league losses in seven.

Kane has scored over 15 league goals every season since 2014-15, and many expected him to replicate that this season. Yet with just one goal in 10 Premier League games, that looks to be under serious threat.

However, Kane is not at fault according to Hoddle, who blamed his downfall on his midfield partners and their poor service.

“Kane came deeper last season and he was fantastic. He was like a no.10 and a no.9, he was doing two roles and doing them expertly well,” Hoddle told talkSPORT Breakfast.

“He thought he was going [to Manchester City] but he didn’t and mentally you’ve got to overcome that and that’s where I think he is at the moment.

“The other players in the squad have got to come to the fore. Playing as a no.9 and a no.10, he got more assists than anyone in the league and he scored the goals as well so the other players have got to pick him up this season and take him to another level.”

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Spurs failed to sign a senior central midfielder this summer and their woes are yet to be addressed.

“Their midfield is not right. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is an excellent holding midfielder but then you’ve got to have midfield creativity,” Hoddle added.

“Lo Celso and Ndombele have got to improve, I don’t see them as players that are going to be consistent, that are going to create, that know the game – in many ways they don’t understand the game as I see it.

“Ndombele’s got wonderful skills but he’s a player that’s too much off-the-cuff. He can do wonderful things with a football but we all used to do that in the playground – there’s no shape when you’re playing there.”

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Hoddle also made pointers towards Dele Alli’s poor involvement this season, with the midfielder registering just one goal in the league this season – from the penalty spot.

“I’d ask him what he thought his best asset is as a midfielder player – I’d like him to give me the answer,” Hoddle continued.

“If he didn’t know I’d explain to him but I think he’d say ‘I’m a goalscoring midfield player’, that’s what I’d want him to say.

“That was when he was at his very best. He’d pick off where Harry Kane would make runs and he’d go into areas into the box.”

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