Sam Allardyce believes Harry Kane has become the subject of so much criticism because of Wayne Rooney leaving the country.
Kane, the Tottenham forward, appears to be playing well below his best despite already scoring two goals this season and breaking his incredible record of never finding the back of the net in August.
The belief is Kane has been struggling with fatigue having played a huge number of games over the last couple of years, while there have been suggestions he returned from an ankle injury too early before the World Cup and is still suffering the consequences.
The 25-year-old’s goals-to-game ratio has significantly lessened since his injury, and Kane is being blasted for his poor performances from all corners.
This is a sharp turn of events considering Kane was considered England’s golden boy for a good three years before his run of poor form, and Allardyce believes people have turned on the Tottenham forward simply due to the fact that they need a target to criticise now that the previous fall guy, Wayne Rooney, is out the limelight playing in the United States
“What worries me is the amount of attention Harry Kane is getting negatively,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Wayne Rooney has left the country now after almost suffering abuse week in, week out, and I think it now seems to have shifted to Harry.
“’He’s fatigued, he’s not doing well, and he’s not doing this or that…’
“There is obviously a case for fatigue, there’s no doubt about that, as in every footballer that played at the World Cup so it’s not just labelled to Harry.
“I suppose the only way he’ll put it right is by scoring goals.”
Allardyce cannot even understand the criticism considering Kane remains one of the finest forwards in world football.
When asked why he thinks Kane has been targeted, Allardyce replied: “I have no idea, because for me he is exactly the same as he’s been for the last two years.
“He holds the ball up well, he’s very strong, and he’s lethal in front of goal in all aspects of how he scores.
“Seeing his goalscoring record is absolutely fantastic.
“And somewhere along the line he might have a dry or barren spell – as a professional footballer you cannot keep that level up for so many years.
“It starts from just a small comment by one of the lads commentating on a game saying he looks a bit fatigued, and it gets picked up from there.
“And he’s had a new baby, and that’s not an easy thing to cope with when you have a new child when you’re training and playing at the level.
“So I just hope he gets through it and it [the criticism] will quieten down.”