Kane will have to change after injury – Hoddle

The England international should focus solely on scoring goals when he returns to action, according to the former Spurs player and manager

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will have to change his game in order to regain his best form, according to club legend Glenn Hoddle.

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The England international has not featured for Spurs since being stretchered off with an ankle injury after scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Sunderland on September 18.

Kane has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen, but could be set for a return in Sunday’s derby at Arsenal.

Spurs great Hoddle has urged fans to be patient with Kane when he does make his comeback.

“It’s a big ask for the young man,” he said. “It’s the first time he’s been out for any length of time over a longer period of time through injury.

“That’s a hurdle you have to get over as a player mentally, so it’s asking a lot.

“He’s not going to come back in great form straight away. He’ll need some time, but during that time, if he can start popping a few goals in, that’ll get his confidence back quicker. So I think that’s the ideal situation.

“We’re going to have to wait probably four or five games until he’s back to his very sharpest, but on the way, can he nick a couple of goals for Tottenham and be the difference in the result? That’s what he needs to look at.

“Maybe [he’ll have to] change his game a little bit, just conserve his energy and think ‘my job at the moment is just to nick a goal’. I think he has to play a little bit different coming back in the first four or five games.”

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Hoddle is disappointed with the performances of Vincent Janssen in the absence of Kane, with the Dutchman having scored just three goals in 15 appearances – two in the EFL Cup.

“Harry has been a miss, of course, and the new lad Janssen has got a couple of penalties but he hasn’t set the world alight so far,” he added.

“I’ve seen him play for Holland and he impressed me for Holland – a couple of really good strong games I’ve seen him play.

“If he was coming in and scoring left, right and centre, then Harry wouldn’t have been such a miss. But it hasn’t quite worked out like that.”

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