Jamie O'Hara has sensationally claimed that he enjoyed watching Spurs more this season when Harry Kane wasn't in the side.
The player-turned pundit was frank in his assessment of his former club at the weekend, who were soundly defeated 3-0 at home by Chelsea
The result was a stark reality check for the North London side, who topped the Premier League table at the beginning of the month after taking three wins from three.
Speaking on talkSPORT, O'Hara said: "It's tough one for me as Harry Kane is Mr Tottenham, in my opinion, but I look at his body language and look at the way he's playing and he's not playing very well."
"I kind of enjoyed Spurs at the beginning of the season when he didn't play. I know that sounds bad because he is a great player and he is someone who you need in your team, but he's come back into the team and we can't win.
"When it was [Steven] Bergwijn, [Lucas] Moura and [Heung-min] Son up front, we sat in, we were composed, we soaked up the pressure and tried to hit teams on the counter-attack."
"Harry Kane has come back and he's trying to do everything. For some parts of the game he's playing as a holding midfielder!
"They are doing too much, we need you to play upfront and where things can happen," He added.
Kane also attracted criticism during England's Euro 2020 campaign for dropping deep to receive the ball too frequently. For O'Hara, the 28-year-old's performances are now also negatively impacting his club side.
"I feel like he's slowing things down for us a little bit at the minute," The pundit claimed.
"You can't criticise him for what he is and what he's done for the football club, but at the moment he's not playing very well for us."
Kane is expected to be rested for the trip to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, but with a crucial North London derby on the horizon, fans will be hoping that Kane can shake off his rustiness sooner rather than later.
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