Harry Kane has admitted Tottenham’s form has been hit by the uncertainty surrounding the future of a number of their players.
First-team regulars Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen all looked set to leave north London at different points during the summer, but instead remain part of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Jan Vertonghen – whose contract expires at the end of the season – was also absent from Spurs’ team at the beginning of the season for what the defender described as ‘tactical reasons’, and Kane admits the team has been disrupted.
“Obviously in the transfer window just gone, there were players who maybe wanted to leave, and it was public knowledge that there were players close to leaving who stayed.
“So it’s never easy when you have a situation like that, but now that’s closed, we all just want to move in the right direction.
“Whoever is on the pitch has to give everything for the club, that’s all we can ask for. You have to kind of put your individual needs to one side and make sure you’re performing to the highest level, because that will help your individual status anyway.”