Former Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour suggested two key areas for Tottenham Hotspur to focus on in terms of developing Harry Kane, as he appeared as a co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Parlour feels there is a main strength in Kane’s game, which has enabled him to be so successful and he’s also suggested the way Tottenham’s midfield could look to help him out more over the course of next season.
“I think it’s always about service for strikers – With Harry Kane’s movement, I always go back to the Spurs v Arsenal game, the couple of goals he scored against them and the Chelsea game, you can see the movement and he knows where the ball is going to go,” he said on talkSPORT.
“He’s just getting a little bit isolated, the midfield needs to get a little bit closer to him to give him that support.”
Why is his movement important?
Kane’s movement and intelligence is important because it helps him compensate for a lack of pace.
He doesn’t have a burst of speed over the first five to ten yards, which lets him get away from defenders so he has to be mobile.
He has to focus on what he’s good at next year, which is exploiting small gaps of space and using his brain to pull defenders out of position as he looks to get a shot away on goal and create space for others across the team.
What happens if the midfield pushes higher?
It means Kane has more of an option in terms of service and has more support when Tottenham play direct and get the ball into him as quickly as possible.
It will also help because it increases the chance of midfielders getting a bit further forward and exploiting any lack of discipline in the opposition defence.