Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, Ian Wright has been discussing Harry Kane amid his ongoing struggles in front of goal.
Kane has been in dreadful form so far this season, he’s yet to score a single Premier League goal and he looks out of sorts.
Wright says that Kane isn’t making the right moves as a striker, noting that the England captain would rather sprint back 60 yards to make up for a mistake he’d made rather than running five yards into the box to be an attacking threat.
What’s been said?
Wright spoke about the moment Kane ran the length of the pitch to tackle Saka before Arsenal’s second-goal.
“I don’t know what frame of mind he’s in at the moment. I’ll tell you what I saw. Harry Kane, for the second goal, I saw him do something. He got caught on the ball and he didn’t know what he was actually doing to the point that he misstepped and miskicked it. Arsenal won the ball and from there it got interesting from what I watched. In that first-half, I saw Tottenham get down the right and Kane was on the edge of the box, he wasn’t attacking the box,” Wright said.
“In this instance where he lost the ball, he ran 60 yards nearly, he tackled Saka, that’s how much determination he showed to rectify his mistake. He tackled Saka, but the ball ran to Saka and he scored, but what I saw from that is that he’s not making the moves he should make as a striker, but he’s running 60 yards to rectify a mistake, when you only want him to run five into the box.”
Back to basics
Harry Kane has transformed into one of the most dynamic and complex players in the Premier League over the last 18 months, but maybe it’s time for him to get back to basics.
The striker isn’t doing his job as a number nine, far too often he’s trying to be a midfielder or even a defender when he should be focused on scoring goals.
Kane can be a one-man army when he’s at his best, but when things aren’t going his way, he needs to acknowledge the fact that this is a team sport and he can’t do everything on his own.