By Toby Cudworth
20 minutes into Tottenham’s first Premier League match of 2023 and there was a horrific stat showing how bad things sometimes get under Antonio Conte.
Harry Kane, second-highest goalscorer in Spurs history, third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history and England’s all-time leading goalscorer, had not touched the ball,
Not once, not twice, not three times, at all.
Instead, Kane was just a spectator wandering the pitch as a fatigued and lethargic Tottenham reminded their fans how up and down it can be to support a football club.
In the Calendar year 2022, Spurs have scored 80 goals under Antonio Conte, second only to champions Manchester City. But lately, they’ve seemed short of ideas when Dejan Kulusevski isn’t in the squad, and that apparent lack of ideas came to the fore again against Unai Emery’s Villa.
Kane would eventually get into the game and was unfortunate to see a try cleared off the line by Ashley Young just before half time.
But that’s all the more for the England captain, who along with long-serving team-mate Son Heung-min could only muster a 2/10 score as Villa struck twice in the second half to earn a deserved 2-0 win in North London.
It was a desperately disappointing exit for Kane and bound to raise concerns among the club’s supporters: should they be looking beyond Conte as head coach rather than the other way around? That’s just one of the questions that needs to be asked as fans stare blankly at the bottom of their empty pint glasses.
What Kane must not forget is his impressive Premier League record during 2022/23 – he kept going all season with 13 goals in just 17 games, with only Erling Haaland, who is presumably half man half machine, to score more.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Harry Kane’s shocking statistic that will dismay Tottenham fans.