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|Harry Kane’s form: Should England be worried for the World Cup?
| sbobet24 Harry Kane is the main man for Tottenham and England but there are signs of a dip in form. Adam Bate takes a look at the stats that will be making Gareth Southgate nervous. It feels like sacrilege to suggest it, particularly given that he has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games, but Harry Kane is below his best. He would not welcome such scrutiny. Recent social media storms have fuelled the idea that he is being picked on. But anyone who has seen Tottenham's recent games could not help but wonder about his form.
Watford at home and West Brom away were the sort of fixtures to get fantasy football owners salivating and Golden Boot rival Mohamed Salah nervously checking his phone. But while Kane found the net against Watford, albeit after an uncharacteristic slip in the build-up, his performance at West Brom was indicative of how his levels have dipped. There were heavy touches and signs of sluggishness. Ben Foster saved well from Kane just before the half-hour mark, but more alarming was the misplaced pass to Dele Alli soon after and the striker's wastefulness in a three-on-two situation during the second half. Kane was just not himself.
Kane insisted after the Watford win last week that he was "feeling sharp" but the statistics support the eye test, suggesting his fitness levels are not what they were. His two lowest top speeds came in the recent games against Brighton and Watford, while he has not hit 32 kilometres per hour in a game since February, something he did 10 times up to that point. sbobet24
Indeed, his average top speed in Premier League starts since March has been 29.07, down from 31.57 in matches prior to that. The current numbers are unusual given the consistency of his top speeds before that and, while some will put more stock in those statistics than others, it does suggest that he is playing a little within himself.
The significance of this lack of sharpness is that his decline in speed has gone hand in hand with a decline in the number of shots that Kane is managing to get away. The extra yard can be crucial - the difference between getting on the end of a chance and seeing it intercepted. This can be hard to spot but it is right there in the shooting stats since March too. sbobet24