Roy Keane says Harry Kane is 'part of the problem' for 'pathetic' Spurs
"It's really pathetic, but I wasn't surprised."
Roy Keane criticised Tottenham Hotspur for their 'Spursy' performance as they lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday.
Boro produced another cup upset as teenager Josh Coburn scored in extra time to ensure the team's progress into the sixth round.
The Championship outfit had already knocked Keane's former side Manchester United in the fourth round before dumping Spurs out of the cup.
The Irishman also said that Harry Kane is 'part of the problem' for Tottenham, with the club are set to end another season without silverware.
Roy Keane on Spurs' DNA.
Keane talked about the DNA of Spurs and how he believes that the club's players don't have the mentality to challenge for trophies.
The Corkman questioned the toughness of Antonio Conte's side and suggested that the team weren't motivated for a midweek fixture up in 'cold' Middlesbrough.
"Spurs… Spursy! How many times do we have to say it? Whatever's in that club's DNA - the players - there's a weakness there," Keane said on ITV Sport.
"It's really pathetic, but I wasn't surprised. Going up to Middlesbrough in midweek, probably a bit cold. No surprises there."
“Spurs… Spursy! How many times do we have to say it? Whatever’s in that club’s DNA - the players - there’s a weakness there. It’s really pathetic but I wasn’t surprised. Going up to Middlesbrough in midweek, probably a bit cold. No surprises there.”
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Roy Keane on Spurs striker Harry Kane.
When asked if he believes the result will influence Harry Kane's future, Keane stated that the Spurs striker 'needs to do more'.
"He is part of the problem, he's on the pitch, he needs to do more," the Irishman said.
Fellow pundit Ian Wright was keen to defend the 28-year-old, who has 18 goals in all competitions, despite a slow start to the Premier League campaign.
Keane was quick to respond and say it's not all Kane's fault but stated that clubs need their best players to set the example for the rest of the squad.
"I'm on about last night. It's not all down to Harry Kane. No, it's not, but if he is your main striker and he's your top guy?
"He's still got to do more, he's got to lead them. He doesn't lead them that well."