Tottenham players 'felt intimidated' by Harry Kane as three Ange Postecoglou transfers hailed


Many Tottenham Hotspur fans feared for the worst when Harry Kane left for Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window - but the striker's exit has helped Spurs play more as a team, according to John Barnes.

Kane's incredible record 213 Premier League goals in just 10 seasons would be missed by any club in world football. His departure left Richarlison, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski as Spurs' attacking options but the fee received from Bayern Munich did allow for replacements to be brought in elsewhere - with Micky van der Ven, James Maddison, Guglielmo Vicario and Brennan Johnson all being brought into the fold as a result.

Bar Johnson, who has struggled to nail down a permanent first-team spot with injury so far in his time under Ange Postecoglou, the new trio have been nothing short of sensational since arriving. Maddison is supplying the creativity, Van der Ven is offering pace and a commanding nature at the back and Vicario has pulled off a number of stunning saves.

I's these additions that have made Spurs a better all-round team, according to Barnes - with the Liverpool legend claiming that the current crop were 'subservient' to the England star.

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Barnes told : "Now that Harry Kane is gone, I felt that Tottenham would be a better team because the other players would show what they can do. And they are showing what they can do rather than being subservient to Harry. All the fans focus on Harry, you got to give him the ball wherever he plays.

“Now he’s not there, they are playing as a proper team which I felt would happen. So it doesn’t surprise me.

“That’s not to say Harry Kane wasn’t their best player or Coutinho wasn’t our best player. It’s more to say that when you’re at that big a club, the team has to be the most important thing.

“And now that they aren’t focusing on one superstar player who the fans get disappointed with if you don’t pass him the ball, the players probably felt intimidated by Harry Kane. Not that Harry is doing anything wrong, it’s just that the nature of his presence and what fans demand is that whenever he wants the ball, you give it to him.”

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