Harry Kane must be ‘FRUSTRATED’ with his new role in Tottenham’s attack, claims Michael Owen as former Liverpool striker says Jose Mourinho’s side are not ‘playing to his strengths’
- Michael Owen believes Harry Kane is ‘frustrated’ in his new role for Tottenham
- The striker has shifted to a deeper role in Jose Mourinho’s counter-attack system
- He is holding the ball up and bringing others into play, unlike a traditional No 9
- Owen thinks that his transition into the role shows it could be the future for him
The move to counter-attacking football under Jose Mourinho has seen Kane become more of a deep-lying forward who works in tandem with wingers Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn, rather than an out-and-out goalscorer.
It has yielded superb results fo far this season with Tottenham top of the Premier League table on goal difference going into Wednesday night’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Michael Owen says Harry Kane is ‘frustrated’ in the new role he is playing in Tottenham’s attack
Owen believes Spurs are not playing to his strengths as the focal point in the counter attacks
But Owen, who scored 150 goals in 326 Premier League games, believes Kane will be ‘frustrated’ by the change in his role and says it will lead to more frustration if results begin to turn.
Speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show on Wednesday, Owen said: ‘If I was Harry Kane I would certainly be frustrated thinking: “we play deep, we don’t get enough crosses in and we’re not playing to my strengths”.
‘However, results would suggest that at the moment everything is quite rosy and the more you win games and see yourself up the top of the table then the problems in your mind about how you’re playing or how much of the ball you’re getting probably disappears.
‘But if results don’t go well then all of a sudden, as a top centre forward, you’re thinking: “hang on a minute, I’m not built for this counter-attacking style”.’
Kane is now dropping deeper, holding the ball up and bring others into play on the break
Kane and Son Heung-min have forged a devastating partnership with Spurs top of the league
Owen says that while Kane could be unhappy in the short term, his seamless transition into the role suggests it could be the perfect move in the latter stages of his career.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker added: ‘In many ways, as well, he’s changed his role with the evolution of Tottenham. He’s much more of a No 10 this season and he’s assisting a lot more.
‘Being at the sharp end of that team requires a lot of pace, lots of running, multiple sprints and he’s not so young now.
‘He’s going to get into a stage of his career, where we’ve all been, where you start tweaking your game a little bit to manage your body.
‘So, in fact, it might be the making of him that he starts developing that No 10 role and it works even better when you’ve got pace around you.’