Antonio Conte has claimed that while Harry Kane was always a world-class player, the striker is now improving his centre-forward play.
Few in the history of world football can rival Kane’s goal-scoring prowess, with the striker now holding the record for most goals for a single Premier League club despite just turning 29 this summer.
The Tottenham man is on course to chase down Alan Sherar’s tally of 260 Premier League goals and is also very close to overtaking Wayne Rooney as England’s leading goal scorer.
Over the last couple of years, Kane has also showcased his vision and passing range to a greater extent by regularly dropping deep and has been talked about by some in the same breath as the best playmakers in the world like Kevin De Bruyne (ESPN).
Both of Kane’s goals this season against Chelsea and Wolves have been headers from set-pieces, and Conte believes that the striker has now become a more well-rounded number nine.
The Italian told Football.London: “We are talking about a world-class striker and this is clear and I don’t discover this. For sure, I’m seeing Harry who is improving in many aspects of his game.
“We know very well with his skill and ability on the ball and now he is becoming strong on set pieces and how to attack the box in a strong way that we like for a No.9. I am seeing an improvement in this aspect because with Harry – all the people know that he can be a No.9 or a No.10.
“Sometimes too many people think he is more of a No.10 than a No.9 but now I think that he is a strong number nine. He was a strong No.10 before now he is strong No.9. He is improving a lot in many aspects of his game.”
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It appears like Conte might be referring to the improvement in Kane’s hold-up play, which is clearly one of the areas the Italian and his coaching staff have worked on with the striker. The fact that the 29-year-old’s fitness level has improved has perhaps also addressed one of the weaknesses he previously had – his pressing.
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