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Skipp: Kane needs help from team-mates to regain form

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp says his side needs to step up and help Harry Kane regain his goalscoring form.

The England captain has yet to find the back of the net in five Premier League outings this season, something which has not happened since 2016.

Kane, who saw a desired move to Manchester City fail to materialise in the summer, has been starved of service. Spurs have the second-lowest number of goals, the lowest number of shots and the least number of chances created from open play.

Skipp says Kane’s team-mates need to start creating for him while also chipping in goals with himself.

“For sure, there are lots of people that need to contribute,” he said ahead of Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa.

“There are people who have stepped up and all the players know we have a world-class striker, so we would be stupid not to use him.

“But all of us need to step up and help create chances for him or get goals in other ways, maybe set-pieces so it doesn’t just fall on Harry to score all of the goals, there are other players capable of doing that.”

Despite returning to pre-season training late amid summer interest from City, Skipp says Kane is still the consummate professional.

Oliver Skipp says Tottenham need to provide Kane with better service
Oliver Skipp says Tottenham need to provide Kane with better service

“Everyone knows what he brings not just to the pitch, but the training ground, he said.

“Everyone goes on record to say he is a brilliant trainer and always doing everything he can to get into the best possible condition and that continues.

“You look at someone like Dane (Scarlett) or myself, just to watch and see what he does and take little things from his game and implement them into your game can only help the younger players especially.”

Kane’s lack of goals have been highlighted by the fact that Spurs have lost to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal to an aggregate score of 9-1 over their last three games.

That has seen boss Nuno Espirito Santo come under early pressure, but Skipp, who has been given a chance by the Portuguese this season, insists the players are all behind him.

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Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says he is not focusing on criticism of him and his team after three Premier League defeats in a row.

“Definitely. As a group, we are fully aware that the last few games we haven’t been at our best, but we are definitely still behind the manager and trying to implement the stuff we are working on,” he added.

“It was always going to take time coming into this environment but everyone is definitely behind the manager.

“As players, we take responsibility for the performances on the pitch. We know we weren’t at our best in the last few games but we also know at the start of the season there were signs of what we need to do and the work the manager has put in.

“OK, we had a few bad results, but we have stayed positive and knew that it was a long process and that things were going to take time – and that will come with time.”

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The US Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips

The US Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips
Pandemic-induced supply disruptions and competition from China put more pressure on US companies to manufacture semiconductors at home.

American innovation, from smartphones to search engines to gene sequencing, is built on a foundation of impossibly intricate, perfectly etched silicon. But few of those semiconductors are actually made in the US. Only 12 percent of chips sold worldwide were made in the US in 2019, down from 37 percent in 1990.

For decades, that wasn’t seen as a problem. US companies were world leaders in designing cutting-edge chips, the most valuable and important part of the process.

Now, that’s changing. Supply disruptions caused by the pandemic and an intensifying technology rivalry with China are prompting industry executives and policymakers to say the US must actually make, not just design, chips.

“It’s a national security risk if we don’t start producing more semiconductors in America,” Gina Raimondo, the US secretary of commerce, said Tuesday at an event in Washington, DC.

Speaking at the Global Emerging Technology Summit, sponsored by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Raimondo said the overall market share tells only part of the story. “Another statistic, which I personally think is more alarming, [is that] zero percent of leading-edge chips are made in America right now,” she told an audience of policymakers and executives.

That could be a big problem. The most complex and powerful computer chips propel progress in areas such as artificial intelligence and 5G, which are in turn expected to unlock huge economic value and competitive advantage. “There is not a single entrepreneur here, or large company, who can do what they do without semiconductors,” Raimondo said.

The Biden administration has signaled an intent to bolster the domestic chip industry. The CHIPS for America Act, which would fund the semiconductor industry to the tune of $ 52 billion over five years, was passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act; a measure to begin allocating the funds has passed the Senate, and awaits action in the House.

The most advanced computer chips are made using fabrication techniques that operate at the very limit of physics, using extreme feats of engineering to craft components measuring nanometers in size (a nanometer is about a 100,000th the width of a human hair).

The number of companies making advanced chips has shrunk in recent years, and cutting-edge manufacturing has moved east. An April report by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Boston Consulting Group found that all chips made with the most advanced methods (known as sub-10 nanometer processes) are made in Asia—92 percent in Taiwan, the remaining 8 percent in South Korea.

Semiconductor manufacturing began moving out of the US in the 1980s, says Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research, an analyst firm, with the emergence of electronic design automation that made it possible to automate much of the tedious work involved with laying out a circuit design. A new crop of so-called fabless semiconductor companies emerged, including Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Nvidia, which designed, but did not produce chips. At the same time, companies known as foundries arose to specialize in making chips.

“You could design a chip without being a semiconductor engineer,” Hutcheson says. “At the same time, the cost of fabs was getting so expensive that you couldn’t do it if you were a small company.”

Around 2015, Hutcheson says, after China announced plans to invest big sums of money to advance its own chipmaking, the US Department of Defense began worrying about what this might mean for America. “I went to Washington DC that year more than I had in my whole career,” he says.

The US does of course still have some major chip making companies, most notably Intel. But a series of stumbles around advanced manufacturing methods, along with a failure to anticipate the rise of mobile computing and AI, have seen Intel fall behind rivals TSMC in Taiwan and Samsung in South Korea.

Intel’s new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, has announced a plan to turn the company around, including by launching a foundry business to make chips for others. But with Intel currently suffering the ignominy of having to outsource some of its own chips to TSMC, success is far from guaranteed.

The pandemic has also drawn attention to America’s lack of chipmaking capacity. Disruption to the global supply chain and economic uncertainty helped trigger a major shortage of low-cost semiconductors used across numerous industries, including carmaking and home appliance manufacturing.

William Hunt, a research analyst at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology who studies the national security implications of chipmaking, says the recent shortage has heightened calls for the US government to invest in domestic fabrication capacity. But he also warns that it is vital for investment to go towards cutting edge semiconductor manufacturing. Hunt notes that it costs 25 or 30 percent less to build and operate a leading edge foundry in Taiwan and South Korea because of government subsidies in those countries.

Raimondo says she worries that lawmakers will not fund the $ 52 billion set aside for chip factories in the defense bill. “What keeps me up at night is the prospect of this not getting through the Congress, and it not getting through the Congress quickly enough,” she said at the DC event.

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