Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is undoubtedly the main man for both club and country, however, is his superiority part of the reason others fade away beside him?
Heung Min Son has been electric for Spurs this season, enjoying his best ever campaign by far, but he can’t seem to maintain that form when Kane is in the side.
When Kane is fit, Son is pushed out wide and doesn’t get on the ball anywhere near as much.
Without Kane, Son has scored 12 goals this season, and has led Spurs to incredible victories against the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.
A similar pattern has been seen at time for England regarding Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Ex-Premier League defender Danny Mills believes this is because Kane, much like Zlatan or Messi, demand the ball, and teammates often overlook others to give it to them.
He believes that this leads to the likes of Son getting far less time and space on the ball.
Mills said (Stadium Astro): “Whenever you play with a superstar player, as one of the ‘lesser’ players you’re going ‘right, I need to give it to him’. And I think sometimes there is that focus – Harry Kane’s available, let’s give it to him.
“But actually, when Harry Kane’s not, Son’s equally as good in a different way so maybe he gets more of the ball. Maybe players look for him first and that gives him that fraction more time on the ball.
“I think that’s what it is, you can’t help it. When players play with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], or [Lionel] Messi – whoever it is, you’re instant thought is give it to them.”
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