Jamie Carragher outlines how Harry Kane has changed his playing style at Tottenham Hotspur in recent seasons
Writing in his column with the Telegraph [Subscription Required], former Liverpool midfielder and pundit Jamie Carragher has explained in detail how Tottenham superstar Harry Kane has changed his game and reinvented himself for the better.
Carragher is of the opinion that Kane changed his game for the better once he realised he no longer had the pace or the stamina to keep sprinting past defences and this has only made him a better footballer.
“Kane’s all-round game is better than ever as he has been forced to compromise the ‘selfish’ pursuit of goals. He wants to be involved in the build-up because he understands he no longer has the pace or stamina to keep sprinting beyond defences.”
The former Reds player outlined Kane’s transition with the example of another superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and how he went down a different trajectory once he lost his pace and stamina.
We all know that Kane’s tactical nous has drastically changed over the years. From being an out-and-out forward who used to just score goals, the English captain has now become a playmaking false nine who still scores goals but also has a ton of assists.
Kane’s transition into the playmaking role began under former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach may not have had the best of times coaching Spurs but he definitely made our best player, Harry Kane, a beast.
It would have been easy for Kane to go down the Ronaldo path and become all about goals as his career went on but as we have seen with the ex-Manchester United superstar, when the goals dry up, nothing else works.
Carragher went on to highlight Kane’s qualities by claiming that there is no better English striker when it comes to holding the ball, and winning free kicks and even went on to say that he is as good a passer as anyone in the team.
It was an excellent assessment from Carragher on how Kane has evolved as a player and he rightfully claimed Kane will forever be known as a great footballer and not just a great goalscorer.
Kane’s knack for scoring hasn’t and may never go away. But what he does now is create and bring others into the game – dare we say like Roberto Firmino did in his prime at Liverpool.
This bodes well for us because having an elite creator is as important as having an elite goal-scorer. This also extends his shelf life if he does stay at N17 for the next several years. His playmaking abilities are on display at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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