Tottenham wasting Harry Kane because of this tactical decision, claims Trevor Sinclair

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Trevor Sinclair claims Harry Kane is arguably better playing deeper.

Pundit Trevor Sinclair has told BBC Sport that Tottenham forward Harry Kane is 'very similar' to Wayne Rooney, because he may be better playing in a deeper role.

Kane smashed 31 goals in all competitions last season, but had endured a poor start to the campaign before facing Manchester City on Saturday.

Kane's goal in the 4-1 win over City was his first league goal of the season, ending his goalless run at six games - bringing relief to all Tottenham fans as he looks to get back on the goal trail.

It's hard to really explain why the goals dried up for Kane, considering that his situation was largely the same; he was playing as a lone striker in Mauricio Pochettino's 4-2-3-1 system, though the game against City saw playmaker Christian Eriksen make his first Premier League start in over a month, aiding the supply line for the England international.

Now though, there are suggestions that playing as a lone striker isn't the best way to use Kane. The 22-year-old has plenty of skill, vision and technique, with comparisons made to former Spurs and England star Teddy Sheringham.

The idea of Kane playing as a number 10 rather than a number nine has now been floated, with pundit Trevor Sinclair telling BBC Sport that Kane is similar to Wayne Rooney - and that playing him as a number nine is 'wasting' his ability.

"I think he's very similar to Rooney in the way that he can link up play," said Sinclair. "His touch is great, [as well as] his awareness and his work rate. I think if you're going to just put him as a number nine and say get yourself in the box, I think you're wasting a lot of what Harry Kane is about. Obviously the goals last season were an absolutely huge bonus, but I do believe he's a much better all-round player than just a number nine who's going to try and get goals."

Given that Eriksen's best role has been and will be as a number ten, it seems unlikely that Mauricio Pochettino would alter his side to put Kane in a deeper role - especially considering that he has few other forwards at his disposal to lead the line.

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