Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp has said that Tottenham striker Harry Kane needs to set goals up as well as scoring and that his assist against Huddersfield shows he has the talent.
The England striker has been imperious form this season, scoring at a rate of nearly a goal-per-game, but Saturday saw the rare occasion where the 24-year-old’s name was not among the goal scorers.
Instead it was South Korean international Heung-min Son who stole the limelight, netting twice to seal a 2-0 win over the Terriers and strengthen their grip on a top four spot at the peak of the Premier League table.
While he did not find the back of the net, Kane still had a role to play, delivering a sublime cross to set up his team mate’s second goal, and it was a delivery which had Redknapp raving, while also questioning why he has managed to chip in with just two Premier League assists this season (four across all competitions).
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, he said: “Harry Kane could not have put in a better cross than the one which set up Son Heung-min against Huddersfield.
“Kane put so much whip on the ball that it landed on a plate for Son. He will not score a more simple goal this season.
“If there was one part of Kane’s game he could improve, it is that he could set up more goals.
“While this was only his second assist of the season, his Golden Boot rivals Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero have eight and six.
“This cross proves Kane can be a prolific provider as well as the league’s most lethal marksman.”
Kane has scored 35 goals in 37 appearances this season, and will be hoping to add to his seven Champions League strikes in the club’s clash with Juventus on Wednesday.
Football Insider verdict
Redknapp is right in saying Kane could well set his team mates up for more goals, but usually he puts himself in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net, which makes him such a deadly striker. The Huddersfield performance showed that he does have the ability to chip in in other ways if he is not scoring the goals, and his assist means he has contributed to 26 league goals, which considering Spurs have scored 55 in total, is an incredible record. Mauricio Pochettino will not mind how he contributes to the side, but Kane has that desire to score goals, so fans should not expect to see many more assists between now and the end of the season.
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