Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville explained on Sky Sports yesterday the significance of Mauricio Pochettino making Harry Kane his captain for the game against Burnley.
Kane was given the armband, which is another reason for him to be positive about what has been a stunning season for the Tottenham man so far.
It’s a move, which may have raised eyebrows for some, but Neville has suggested it was the right call for the Argentine to make.
“He seems balanced and his mentality never changes – It shows that Pochettino doesn’t expect him to be overawed,” said Neville.
Kane is having to grow used to increasing pressure with every game he plays and it was interesting to see how he dealt with the extra responsibility of leading the team.
He leads by example with his work rate and effort, but it was difficult for him because Burnley did well to isolate him with a very disciplined and organised defensive performance.
What will disappoint Kane most about his performance as captain is that he couldn’t score and make the difference in a tight game.
However, that should give him the extra added motivation to press on and make the difference in the game against Aston Villa this weekend.
It’s positive for Kane to have these challenges in Tottenham’s attack and the real measure of his consistency is going to be whether he can maintain his form when he does experience different sets of tactics and new roles at the club.