Harry Kane's Tottenham goal drought goes on after Everton stalemate
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 30/08/15 1:02pm
Harry Kane is yet to score this season and his drought continued against Everton on Saturday Night Football.
In fact, the Tottenham striker has scored just twice in his last 12 Premier League appearances, after netting 14 in his dozen games before that.
So what's gone wrong for last season's 21-goal hitman?
At the final whistle of Tottenham's 0-0 draw with Everton, only Arsenal and Man City had created more chances than Spurs this season. However, their main man remains goalless.
There were half-chances for the England international against Manchester United and Leicester, and a superb point-blank save from Jack Butland denied him against Stoke - but his golden opportunity to open his account came against Everton at White Hart Lane.
Put through by a superb pass by Ryan Mason, Kane was all alone, one-on-one with Tim Howard... it was a position he'd been in against Newcastle and QPR last season - and scored both times.
On Saturday, Kane contrived to shoot straight at the Everton 'keeper.
While Thierry Henry highlighted Kane's error in delaying his check to see whether John Stones was nearby, Jamie Redknapp believes the striker's miss was a clear crisis of confidence.
"It was the moment he must have been waiting for," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "He should score but he's looking left, he's looking right and he takes a poor first touch. It was his confidence - it happens to every player."
Trying too hard?
Kane is loved by the Tottenham fans not just for his incredible goal-scoring feats of 2014/15, but also his tireless running and commitment to the cause.
In the three games he's completed this season, he's always been among the top four Tottenham players to have covered the most ground.
Yet, is Kane's pitch coverage mitigating his threat in front of goal?
Kane has only managed three shots on target in 334 minutes this season (one every 111 mins). From his first start of 2014/15 in November until the end of that season, he averaged one shot on target every 57 minutes.
Kane's touchmap against Everton highlights how he is getting involved in play across the whole pitch - but may he be better off focusing his efforts more centrally, closer to the opposition goal?
Spurs lack other options
"Not long ago, Spurs had so many different options to hurt the opposition. This season, we've seen that if you stop Kane from scoring you can stop Tottenham. Where are the match winners?"
That was an assessment made by Jamie Redknapp in his Sky Sports column ahead of this weekend's fixture and the point still stands after a goalless draw on Saturday night.
Of teams to have completed four games, only Newcastle and Watford have scored fewer than Tottenham's three goals this season. Spurs' reliance on Kane's form is clear.
Mauricio Pochettino will hope new signings Heung-Min Son and Clinton N'Jie alleviate the burden on Kane, while the return to fitness of Christian Eriksen, who scored 10 Premier League goals last season, will help, too.
But Spurs must find another way to win when their top man isn't on fire.