Dean Ashton strongly criticised Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane on talkSPORT (5:10pm, February 25, 2021).
The former West Ham United striker, who now works as a pundit for talkSPORT, believes that Kane deliberately backs into opposition players to get fouls.
There have been occasions this season when the Tottenham striker has waited for a rival player before backing into them.
It happened against Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United.
Ashton said about Kane on talkSPORT (5:10pm, February 25, 2021): “Harry Kane is a great example. When he backs in, and I have done this, you may be clattered a couple of times.
“You think, ‘Well, I am not getting it when I go up for the challenge, I get clattered. So when the defender makes contact with me, I am just going to fall forwards and make it look it’s a foul’.
“I have done that before to win free kicks. Harry Kane maybe goes a step forward and maybe really kind of folds his body in and players go over the top of him and it looks a bit more dangerous.”
Ashton is not the first pundit to criticise Kane for his actions. Former Spurs player Jamie O’Hara also slammed the Tottenham striker on talkSPORT in December.
Big player for Tottenham Hotspur
While some may be critical of Kane’s actions, there can be no doubt that the England international is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and is a key figure at Spurs.
According to WhoScored, the 27-year-old has scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists in 33 Premier League matches and has scored one goal and provided two assists in three Europa League games for Spurs so far this season.
Kane will play a big role in Spurs’ quest to finish in the top four of the Premier League table and to win the Europa League this season.