Spurs fans paused chorus of boos to applaud Kane on what looked like farewell

The boos rang out around White Hart Lane.

It was some welcome back for the 10,000 fans back inside the stadium and yet they could not have made their feelings more clear after a shambolic Tottenham performance.

They gave Harry Kane the biggest cheer when his name was read out before kick off almost as if they were sympathising with his decision to push for a move this summer.

Kane did what looked like a farewell lap of the pitch after the final whistle, clapping the fans while they cheered him off and if that is goodbye then it was done with real class from both sides.

England captain Kane looked emotional, maybe there was even a tear in his eye because the fans have sided with him over chairman Daniel Levy even though he wants to quit the club.

Harry Kane applauds Spurs fans after their defeat by Aston Villa

And doesn’t that say it all? The Tottenham fans can see which way it is heading – and that was compounded by a disastrous defeat as Aston Villa thoroughly deserved their win.

The Spurs fans made their feelings clear, going through the whole repertoire calling for Levy to go, booing the players off at half time, full time and chanting: “£60 you’re having a laugh” in protest at the ticket prices.

It has got nasty, there was a toxic atmosphere which Villa fully exploited as the visitors ran them ragged, Jack Grealish made his first start in three months which is perfect timing with England’s Euros squad named next week.

But if England boss Gareth Southgate was watching then he must be concerned about Kane because his head already looks elsewhere with his heart set on a big money move with Manchester City and the rest ready to pounce.

Without Kane, Tottenham look bang average and it is little wonder why Levy cannot afford to let him go but even the Spurs fans can see that he is never going to be able to win big trophies at White Hart Lane.

What a sorry state of affairs made even worse by Sergio Reguilon scoring a comical own goal, Ollie Watkins got his 16th of the season and then Japhet Tanganga being stretchered off with a really nasty looking injury in the dying minutes.

Tottenham actually made a really good start and went ahead after only eight minutes. Kortney Hause’s clearance was headed back by Reguilon and Steven Bergwijn charged forward from midfield before smashing a 20 yard shot past Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez.

But they were level after 20 minutes from the most unlikely source. Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba whipped in a cross, Reguilon made a terrible mess of a clearance and ended up miscuing the ball into his own net, leaving Lloris with no chance.

It got worse for Tottenham and Reguilon after 39 minutes. It was the left back who gave the ball away, Bertrand Traore provided the assist and Watkins fired past Lloris to put the visitors ahead.

Martinez made two good saves to deny Bergwijn at the start of the second half but otherwise it was all Villa and Tottenham looked lost, their caretaker boss Ryan Mason seemingly out of his depth and unable to change the course of the game. Villa could have scored more.

“We want our Tottenham back,” the fans sang after the final whistle. Sadly for them, they have already lost Kane.

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