Former Chelsea man, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has questioned why Harry Kane plays so deep at times when Tottenham need him upfront to put chances away.
Kane has played a much deeper role than in previous seasons, almost functioning as a number ten at times.
It is a tactic that has largely worked for Spurs as the 27-year-old’s vision and passing have come to the forefront in this new role.
The England captain has turned into Tottenham’s creator in chief, already notching up 13 assists in all competitions this season.
That has also not taken away from his ability to score goals as he has still managed to find the back of the net 15 times so far across all competitions.
However, the tactic was not as effective in the 2-0 loss against Leicester on Sunday as the Foxes did not allow Kane too much time or space on the ball.
The striker was crowded out when he picked the ball up in the middle of the park and the home side did not offer too much of a goal threat as a result.
When asked what was missing from Tottenham’s performances against Leicester on Sunday, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports (as relayed by Football.London): “Everything. Intensity, how they approached the game, Harry Kane coming in way too deep, way too often – I don’t like it.
“I don’t (praise it often), you’ve got the best striker in the country, maybe in the world, out-and-out striker, dropping deep.
“Why? Providing other players, why? He needs to get chances, if he gets chances, he scores them normally. You provide two chances for him, he scores one.”
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We certainly seemed to lack a physical presence up front in the second half against Leicester. Perhaps bringing Carlos Vinicius on would have helped as the Brazilian would have pinned their defenders back allowed the likes of Bale, Kane and Lucas little more space to play in the final third. However, Lo Celso’s injury early in the second half meant that Mourinho was forced to bring on Winks.
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