Harry Kane is enduring his second-worst barren spell in Premier League history – Tottenham travel to a jubilant Newcastle but St James’ Park is a happy hunting ground for the misfiring striker as he looks to be the party pooper and ignite his season
- Harry Kane is yet to score in the Premier League this season from six matches
- He last went through this long a drought in 2014 when he went eight games without a goal (across the end of 2013-14 and the start of the 2014-15 season)
- The 28-year-old has produced below-par performances for club and country
- Tottenham travel to Newcastle on Sunday – who will be buoyed by new owners
- But he has a great record vs Newcastle, with five of his six goals at St James’ Park
Newcastle United away. Despite their struggles this season, it is probably the one fixture Tottenham Hotspur could do without this weekend.
Spurs head north on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League – with the hosts set for a carnival-like atmosphere as their fanatical fanbase celebrate the fact that the 14-year Mike Ashley ownership reign is over following the completion of a £305million takeover from a Saudi Arabian-led consortium on October 7.
Understandably all eyes will be on Newcastle; and that focus could provide a welcome relief to Tottenham’s misfiring talisman Harry Kane.
Harry Kane is yet to score in the Premier League this season as Tottenham travel to Newcastle
Newcastle fans are set to go wild on Sunday – in what will be their first game under new owners
Kane has been a shadow of himself this season but will hope to be Newcastle’s party pooper
To put it bluntly, the 28-year-old is enduring a miserable start to the Premier League campaign.
Having played six of Spurs’ seven matches so far, Kane is yet to score in the top flight. This is his longest barren run in the competition in seven years, when he failed to score in eight games across April and October 2014 (the end of the 2013-14 term and the start of the 2014-15 one).
You judge a striker by their goal output and while that is worrying for manager Nuno Espirito Santo, the performances of Kane have been more alarming.
The 28-year-old has looked sluggish for club and country this season – with many attributing the failed move to Manchester City as a reason why.
‘It’s natural that people think like that, people are entitled to their opinion,’ the England captain told ITV in response to criticism of the start to his season after the Three Lions’ 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Hungary on Wednesday night.
Speaking on Wednesday, the England captain admitted his level of play has not been up to par
‘At the end of the day I’m my own biggest critic and put pressure on me to perform. Everyone who knows me knows I’m confident whenever I’m play.
‘I’m as clear as anything, a lot of noise around me, when you’re a high level sportsman you could expect that.
‘Performances for club and country maybe haven’t been there last few weeks but I’m confident in my ability – sometimes that’s just the way it goes.’
It’s par for the course for Kane to start a season slowly but the beginning of this campaign has cause for concern. He may have scored six goals for Spurs this season but five have arrived in the Europa Conference League, while his only other strike was in the Carabao Cup against Wolves.
However, a trip to St James’ Park is one that Kane relishes.
He has six goals in all competitions but five have come in the Europa Conference League
Of his six goals against the Magpies, five of them have come away from home – including both in last season’s 2-2 draw.
He’s only scored more away goals against Leicester (eight) and Everton (seven) in the competition than he has against Newcastle.
Another positive omen for Kane is how porous their opponents’ defence has been this season.
Steve Bruce’s struggling side are winless in their seven matches so far (drawing three and losing four) and have conceded the most goals of all 20 Premier League teams (16) so far.
If there was ever a perfect opportunity to break his duck, then Sunday would be it.
St James’ Park will be a party atmosphere on Sunday. It’s time for Kane to step up and be the party pooper to kickstart his own season, for the sake of Tottenham and England.
Five of Kane’s six goals vs Newcastle have come at St James’ Park (including two last season)
The 28-year-old striker will be hoping to raise a smile come full-time on Tyneside on Sunday