New Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte reassured he is “very pleased” with Harry Kane despite the striker’s lean spell of scoring form.
Spurs cruised to a 2-0 win over Brentford in the first ever top-flight meeting between the sides on Thursday, though Kane could not get on the scoresheet and has just one Premier League goal to his name so far this season.
The England international did, however, record a game-high three key passes in a creative performance that was typified by his usual preference to drop deep and look to link-up play.
As Conte prepares to host Norwich City, who the Italian has never faced before in the league, he once again gave his backing for goal-shy Kane.
“First of all, I’m sure Harry is happy if we win and he doesn’t score,” Conte said of Kane, who has scored five goals in three top-flight matches against the Canaries.
“Tottenham is the first thought for us and Harry. As I said yesterday, Harry played a very good game, he was in the situation that we scored and he had a good chance to score.
“It is important to have chances to score and we’re improving a lot in this aspect. I’m sure Harry is going to score many goals.
“I’m sure he’s going to have a good performance in the same way he had against Brentford against every team we play.
“I’m very pleased with the way that he’s playing. I know the striker wants to score but we want to give him many chances to score. I think we’re on the right path to do this type of situation.”
The pass, the assist, the finish.
A swift counter-attack to settle the game. pic.twitter.com/u5soHNxv46
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2021
Conte has won both of his opening home games in the league – only Ryan Mason and Harry Redknapp have started with three wins in the club’s Premier League history.
Despite only being in charge for a short period, Conte has partly resolved some of Spurs’ issues and one of his next tasks will be to sort a new contract with skipper Hugo Lloris, whose deal runs out at the end of the season.
“Yeah but I’ve just arrived,” he responded when asked about negotiations with Lloris. “Only one month. At this moment, for sure, we have many situations to solve.
“Hugo is the captain of this team, captain of France and we’re talking about a top goalkeeper. He’s very focused now. He knows very well now we’re trying to do our best.
“Me as a coach, Hugo as goalkeeper and every player has to perform at a high level, but for sure we’ll have time to speak about him and I consider him an important player for his experience.
“He’s a good goalkeeper first of all and has showed great commitment to the club over a number of years.”