By Alex McLeish

25th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Ex-manager: Son 'lost' without Kane after Nuno confession pre-Tottenham v Arsenal

Alex McLeish has defended Nuno Espirito Santo for playing Harry Kane in a deeper role despite a lack of attacking output for Tottenham against Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested Kane and Heung-min Son need to find a way to be interchangeable in attack.

When asked whether he saw Kane as more of a number 9 or number 10, as quoted by the Athletic, Nuno confessed he was more concerned about what works for the team.

Playing as an attacking midfielder, Kane managed just three touches in the opposition box in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea (Whoscored).

In stark contrast, he made eight touches in Wolves’ box playing as a centre-forward as he scored on the way to a 3-0 win.

However, McLeish insisted Kane and Son could afford to drop deeper so long as they covered each other up front.

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Asked if Kane dropping deep came from a pressure to influence the game, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I certainly felt Son did that when Kane was out.

“They have been so good a partnership over the last couple of years, Son seemed a bit lost without him.

“He started drifting into midfield and things that we’ve seen Kane doing.

“With the two of them on the same team, if one does it then the other one give him the few minutes of doing it. There’s nothing wrong with that.

“Sometimes you have to drop deeper to escape the clutches of centre-backs. Then you can unpick them with other devices.”

Kane has scored three goals across all competitions this season.

However, not one of those has come in the Premier League so far.

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