Former Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Dutch former professional footballer, and currently a goalkeeping coach at Tottenham Hotspur, has criticised Spurs for lacking an ‘old school leader’ and suggested Harry Kane was not the man to fill that void.
Having said before the boring draw encounter with Everton at Goodison Park, the Dutchman said he believed Antonio Conte would have to find big personalities in the dressing room if Spurs are to compete with the Premier League elite.
“The clubs situation over the past few years has been poor up and down,” the Dutch player Vorm, who played for Spurs 48 times between 2014 and 2020, told BBC 5 Live.
He also said that he’s not really sure and doubts if Tottenham Hotspur really have a real old school leader in the squad that will say, “Boys, we need to change this around”.
The English striker Harry Kane has embodied Tottenham’s malaise so far this season. The English captain’s desired moved to Manchester City in the summer was thwarted and he’s failed to rediscover his form after been frustrated.
The 28-year-old Harry kane drew another blank at Goodison Park and has scored just once in 11 Premier League, compared to seven at the same stage of last season which is a really a problem to solve.
“Harry Kane is seriously struggling for goals, he’s focussing on his own performance and so it’s hard to be that kind of leader who will motivate the boys to do well on the pitch,” Vorm added.
The former Spurs keeper, however, suggested Conte’s arrival in place of Nuno Espirito Santo last week was a step in the right direction for the north London club and a good progressive attempt to winning trophies.
“I think the Italian coach Antonio Conte will make sure that the players speak more and are more direct to the ball and tactics,” he continued.
The Italian coach first Premier League game in charge of Spurs ended all square, as his side were held by Everton in what is a boring encounter and shared the spoils.
The hosts, the toffees of Merseyside had a penalty awarded and then overturned by VAR in the second half, before Spurs substitute Giovani Lo Celso the Argentine hit the post late on.
The draw left Spurs ninth in the table, six points away from top four but Conte wasn’t concerned.
“I have to be happy for different reasons,” he said. “The first that Goodison Park is not an easy place to come to play against Everton especially when you had a week very intensive, I am talking emotionally. For sure we can improve and we have a lot of space for improvement.
“In different situations, tactically, physically but also the mentality. I’ve seen the heart of my players; the passion, the will to fight, to sacrifice, to understand that there was a moment that was very, very difficult. To see this type of reaction make me more confident for the future.”