Tottenham players 'left baffled' at decision not to sign striker in summer after Harry Kane's stunning transfer request

TOTTENHAM players were 'left baffled' by the club's decision not to sign a striker this summer – despite Harry Kane's stunning transfer request.

Star man Kane, 28, told chairman Daniel Levy he wanted to leave in the last window.

But he was not allowed to go as a move to Manchester City fell through.

And since then the England captain has struggled to find form – with just one Premier League goal in nine appearances this term since being forced to stay put.

According to The Athletic, senior members of the playing squad could not understand why another forward was not brought in as a back-up alternative.

Spurs were linked with the likes of Martin Braithwaite, Sardar Azmoun, Randal Kolo Muani, Dusan Vlahovic and Simy after Carlos Vinicius' loan expired.

In the end, they brought none of them in, instead focussing their transfers elsewhere with Bryan Gil the most attack-minded signing alongside Emerson Royal, Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini.

And it has cost the team – and manager Nuno Espirito Santo – dear.

 

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Tottenham have scored just nine goals in the Premier League so far this season from ten matches, with Son Heung-min grabbing four.

Only bottom-side Norwich have managed fewer.

By comparison, Liverpool are already up to 29 strikes.

Five defeats in their last seven matches – including four London derbies – proved the end for Santo in charge at White Hart Lane.

He was sacked on Monday with just four months and 17 games under his belt.

Antonio Conte looks set to come in and will be   given a £150MILLION transfer war chest to revive the squad.

The Italian, 52, is in advanced talks with Spurs over an 18-month deal worth £15m a year.

Ex-Chelsea chief Conte snubbed the chance to take over the North Londoners in the summer as he claimed they were not ambitious enough.

But Levy, backed by billionaire owner Joe Lewis, has performed a stunning U-turn by offering Conte a huge contract equivalent to £290,000 a week — plus heavy backing in the transfer market.

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