Harry Kane must be FRUSTRATED with his Tottenham role under Jose Mourinho claims Michael Owen, despite incredible goal record this season December 16, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Harry Kane must be ‘frustrated’ with his new role in Tottenham’s attack as Jose Mourinho is not playing to his strengths.
That’s according to former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, who believes the ruthless counter-attacking style the Portuguese boss has implemented is hindering Kane’s enjoyment of the game.
The England skipper is operating alongside Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn, rather than being an out-and-out goalscorer.
That shift in formation certainly hasn’t affected Spurs on the field – they currently sit joint top of the Premier League alongside reigning champions Liverpool, whom they face on Wednesday evening at Anfield.
And neither has it affected Kane, who has scored 15 goals in just 19 games for Tottenham in all competitions already this season.
“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’,” Owen told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“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.’”
Although Owen believes Kane may have reservations in the short term, he is adamant the move will prove to be beneficial for him in the latter stages of his career.
He explained: “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.”