Former Premier League striker Darren Bent claims Tottenham star Harry Kane has not been the same “ever since he gave that interview with Gary Neville”.
Kane’s future was the subject of intense speculation over the summer transfer window with Manchester City attempting to buy him.
Spurs’ demands were too high for the Citizens to meet and Kane eventually released a statement saying he had decided to stay at Tottenham.
During the height of speculation, former Manchester United defender Neville interviewed Kane, in which the England captain gave the biggest indication yet that he wanted to leave the north London club and claimed that he would control his own future.
And Bent thinks his form for club and country has suffered since that interview with Neville.
“We know he’s not been great, but I don’t think he’s been at his best ever since he gave that interview with Gary Neville,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“If you look at him throughout the Euros as well, I know he got a few goals later on in the tournament but he struggled [in the group stage].
“And this season, I know he got a couple in the Europa Conference, but he hasn’t looked anywhere near himself.
“Again in the Crystal Palace game, I think that’s the first time in his career he’s never touched the ball in the opposition box.”
Bent added: “I think his mind is scrambled, I think you’ve got a player there that doesn’t want to be there, which he’s made quite clear.
“But I’m also with Cas [Tony Cascarino] as well, in terms of, I think the team is average.
“Look at [Heung-min] Son, he’s been brilliant, he always has been since he got there, Lucas Moura has had his moments, but he’s one of the last ones of that [Mauricio] Pochettino era where they had [Christian] Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, [Jan] Vertonghen, these type of players where they were pushing for that top four.
“[Kane is] still there and obviously last season he was asked to do so much more than usual, the assists, the Golden Boot, he was so, so good last season so I think it’s now time for Spurs to back him.
“Go into the transfer market, sign a few top players, and if you’re going to keep him, then maybe push to go forward.
“But right now you’ve still got one of the world’s best centre forwards in a very average team.”