Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been quoted by the Daily Telegraph suggesting that he has always struggled with some physical aspects of the game.
Kane has been superb for Tottenham this season, establishing himself as the club’s top scorer across all competitions and he’s also stressed the area of his game that manager Mauricio Pochettino encouraged him to improve.
“I’ve always had a football brain but the physical side wasn’t always there. When I was younger I never really had the pace or strength I have now,” said Kane.
“A lot of people said that this season they’ve seen a big difference in that. That’s a lot of hard work, in training, in the gym.”
“It was me trying to work out how I could get better and [Mauricio] Pochettino was big on that fitness aspect. He’s got the whole team fit. He’s definitely helped me.”
Kane’s fitness has been obvious in big games because he never stops moving. He’s always drifting around the opposition defence, looking for opportunities to drop off and get involved in the play, while hovering and working on the shoulder of the defence.
He doesn’t go on long sprints, but the amount of work he puts in off the ball to try and get into good positions is phenomenal.
Kane has had to work on the way he reads the game because his lack of pace means that has always worked against him.
If he got involved in a foot race with most defenders, the majority of the time he would lose so credit to him for finding ways to stay effective in big games.
His next challenge is going to be how he approaches next season, looking to replicate the form he’s shown over 2014/2015.
Teams will try and isolate him, which means he needs to work hard and Pochettino needs to work hard for him to stay active in all games.