Harry Redknapp explains why Kane may not have been a ‘natural finisher’ at Spurs

Harry Redknapp has explained that Harry Kane worked extremely hard on his finishing as a youngster as he was not as natural a finisher as Jermain Defoe was.

Defoe is considered by many to be one of the most natural finishers in Premier League history, with the former Tottenham man being lethal in front of goal out of either foot.

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However, even the 40-year-old will admit that he was nowhere near as well-rounded a centre-forward as Harry Kane, who has continued improving different facets of the game throughout his career. 

The 29-year-old is likely to go down as the greatest goalscorer in Premier League history, currently sitting just 60 goals behind Alan Shearer’s record and it is also only a matter of time before he clinches Wayne Rooney’s goals record for England.

Redknapp has now explained how Kane, like Frank Lampard, put in a lot of hard work at the training ground to become as good a finisher as he has.

The former Spurs manager said to Defoe on Outside The Box Podcast: “You were just a natural finisher, you had that instinct that you can’t just give to people.”

When Defoe asked if that skill can be coached, Redknapp responded: “I think you can improve it with people. People like Harry Kane may have had to work at his game and become better and better.

“Frank Lampard worked so hard to become better and better too. With you, you were just natural as a kid and you were probably doing it at the age of 10.”

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Defoe’s finishing was of a different level to most strikers in his era and there is no doubt that the former Tottenham man underachieved relative to his talent, even though he has some outstanding numbers.

However, the 40-year-old would have trouble playing in this era as he offered nothing outside goals. Centre-forwards these days are expected to do a lot more than just score and Kane is undoubtedly a league above the rest of the number nines in world football at present.

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