Tottenham Hotspur

Nuno Espirito Santo urges Tottenham & Harry Kane to put chaotic summer behind them

Jude Summerfield
Kane is yet to score in the Premier League this season
Kane is yet to score in the Premier League this season / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has urged both Harry Kane and the club to put their chaotic summer behind them and focus on delivering better performances.

The England captain struggled noticeably during the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday in what was his third Premier League start of the season. After a transfer window in which he pushed heavily for a move to champions Manchester City, Kane is yet to deliver a performance of note under new manager Santo.

Spurs face an important week, firstly with a trip to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before another London derby, this time away at arch rivals Arsenal on Sunday, and Santo told reporters the squad needs to put the past few hectic months behind them.

"That's the past. Nothing that we can say or do in the future will change the past," he said. "What we have to do with the past is put it behind our heads and put it in the present.

"We have to find the process inside of the team," the Spurs boss added regarding Kane. "It's all the players. All the players. We have to tell them and find solutions and find the best way.

"Previous game, Harry started on the left, really high and things went good. Unfortunately we were not able to score. We had chances to do so. We are trying to reinvent, recreate situations which can improve our football and our game. Harry is part of the team."

Santo also confirmed Lucas Bergwijn and Lucas Moura will both miss Wednesday's trip to Molineux, and told Tottenham fans he expects performances to improve after some stodgy recent outings.

Three consecutive 1-0 wins had Spurs at the top of the Premier League table, though their goal difference is now minus three following consecutive 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

"We are positive. It's about trying to build during the competition, we don't have too much time on the training ground. It's during the matches," Santo added.

"The players are committed. Things are going to gel and we are going to play better and things are going to improve because this is what we realise. Our reaction to our problems is hard work, it's helping each other. It's how I work, with everybody involved. This is the right path for us."

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