Ex-Chelsea winger: Harry Kane is not a striker, his touch isn't good enough

Pat Nevin has rubbished the idea that Harry Kane could be Tottenham Hotspur's main centre forward due to his inability to hold the ball up.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin doesn't believe Harry Kane has what it takes to become Tottenham Hotspur's main centre forward.

On Monday Night Football on Off The Ball, Nevin argued that despite the cries for Kane to see more game time in the Premier League, he isn't the answer as the main centre forward.

''I do not see Kane as a striker. He doesn't hold the ball up well. He's a big, strong lad but his touch isn't good enough,'' said 51-year-old, who also does not see him as a good option in the 'number 10' position compared to Christian Eriksen or as a midfielder.

Nevertheless, Nevin commented that he still believes Kane should be starting, based on form, but failed to declare where he would play him.

The 21-year-old has been in fantastic form recently, with seven goals in his last nine games, and started alongside Roberto Soldado on Sunday in Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane.

He played the full 90 minutes against the Toffees, making 59 touches, but failed to win a single aerial battle against the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka. However, that doesn’t reflect his season as he has generally been good at holding the ball up and good in the air.

According to whoscored, based on their statistical analysis, one of his five recorded strengths is holding on to the ball – despite Nevin commenting that it is in fact one of his weaknesses.

As a young player, it should almost be expected that he will make bad decisions while he is still learning the game, but no one can argue that the progress he has made in the past 12 months has been nothing short of meteoric.

In the past 12 months, considering the majority of his appearances have come from the bench, the Walthamstow-born striker has netted a very respectable 13 goals in 30 games – a good record for anyone in the Premier League, never mind one so young.

If he keeps up this rate of improvement, few people would bet against the Spurs man earning an England call-up in a striker's position, regardless of Nevin's opinion.

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