Tottenham: 2021/22 season preview
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Manchester City fans in attendance for their Premier League opener against Tottenham made their feelings clear on Harry Kane’s potential switch to the Etihad. Kane was absent from Tottenham’s matchday squad for their first game of the season.
It followed on from recent reports where City are supposedly getting ready to launch a £127million bid for Kane.
Nuno Espirito Santo insisted Kane’s absence was purely down to a lack of fitness with the striker only just returning from his summer break.
He said: “He’s continuing his preparation. The delay and all these things, I think Harry needs to work.
“He worked today and he’ll keep on working until he’s ready to help the team.
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“Different case with Bryan [Gil] because he came from the Olympic Games and [Cristian] Romero, but for them it’s important to be here and feel the stadium, feel the hotel and the meeting.”
But Kane’s absence was still clearly felt around the ground and City fans didn’t hold back with their feelings.
In an attempt to taunt the Tottenham crowd, some of the away supporters were heard chanting about Kane.
They were heard singing: “Harry Kane, he wants to be blue.”
Speaking before the match, Graeme Souness noted why Pep Guardiola is so keen on bringing Kane into his squad.
“Pep Guardiola is trying to buy Harry Kane from Spurs,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
“Does he think he maybe got away with it last year and doesn’t think he can get away with it again without an obvious no. 9?
“Sergio Aguero, I think played just a dozen games last year, but you’ve got to have a 30 goal a season man if you are one of the big teams.
“Can he get away with it again? The fact he’s trying to buy Kane tells you he sees it that way as well.”
With Kane not in Tottenham’s squad, Son Heung-min was utilised as the central striker.
Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn were deployed as the two wide players with Dele Alli featuring in behind the forwards.
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