‘I’ve always wanted to defend’: Tottenham star relishes new role

Matthew Chivers November 25, 2020
‘I’ve always wanted to defend’: Tottenham star relishes new role
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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane believes his “football brain” has helped him evolve into a different type of player this season, as reported by tottenhamhotspur.com

As well as scoring his regular glut of goals, Kane has been prominent in his creation of goal-scoring opportunities for teammates.

The England captain’s partnership with Heung Min-son has been a key factor in Spurs’ impressive rise to the top of the Premier League.

Kane – goal-scorer and provider

Kane has a remarkable goal-scoring record for Tottenham. He has scored 201 goals in 302 games and is ninth in the all-time Premier League scorer’s list.

However, we have seen a slightly different Kane this season. He has created nine assists in nine league matches and a slightly deeper role has demonstrated his superb passing ability. 

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Instead of remaining in an advanced position, the Englishman has dropped deeper to receive the ball and create chances for teammates.

Kane said: “It’s one of those where, when things are going well, people obviously like to praise you. And maybe that has been heightened this season because we’ve been a bit more clinical.

“The biggest thing for me is that I’ve always had a football brain. I understand the game really well – and that’s what people are starting to see.”

Turning attack into defence

Kane’s deeper role has seen him make three blocks and 12 headed clearances in the league this season. 

Tottenham have conceded nine goals in nine league games, which is the best tally of any team so far.

Kane said: “I remember when I was in the youth team and playing in central defence, defensive midfield, number eight, number 10, striker, left-wing.

“I’ve always wanted to defend, always wanted to drop deep and get on the ball. At times, as a number nine you can get a little lost in games. You can get isolated up front.”

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