In a recent interview, former Saint and new Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert, credited new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino with developing him into the player he is today. In an interview about his time at the club and how he’d improved, he said that:
“Everything went my way at Southampton and each manager that came in improved me massively and especially Mauricio. He taught me how to be a different kind of player and I think that’s helping now.
“I never really got taught to be a striker in the first place and then I never got taught how to be a lone striker. He taught me how to be the lone striker”
Such high praise for his former boss should be promising news to Spurs fans. For a long time Tottenham have been crying out for that one, consistent, loyal forward, that most importantly, scores goals. For a good few years now, a potential name that could fill that void, has been Harry Kane.
Kane as been prolific at every youth level and has skirted the first team for a number of years, without ever making too much of an impact. Clearly talented, but sometimes clumsy and outmatched when placed in senior games, it seemed like Kane was destined to be another “nearly” player for Spurs. That was until the end of last season.
Tim Sherwood, has much maligned as he was in his short spell at Spurs, showed Kane the first thing any young player needs, faith. The young striker repaid him with three goals in first three starts for the club, boasting a noticeably more athletic physique and new found confidence in his always undoubted talent.
Scoring goals in a tactically inept and stuttering Tottenham side is hugely promising from Kane, but it is important not to get carried away, now with new boss Pochettino in charge, he can give Kane the second thing young players need, and in the case of Rickie Lambert what he gave him, coaching and understanding his role.
Pochettino’s ability to turn former factory worker Rickie Lambert into a prolific Premier League and England forward can be duplicated with Kane. Let’s not forget, Kane is 20 years old, 12 years younger than Lambert, with whom Pochettino’s managerial magic worked so impressively with. Kane’s ceiling is much higher and if Pochettino keeps the faith, and invests the same time and effort into his game, that elusive forward we’ve been searching for could have been right under our noses the entire time.
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