Liverpool legend claims Spurs player can be ‘a little devious’

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John Aldridge
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Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool striker John Aldridge has suggested that Harry Kane can be “a little devious” when it comes to winning penalties.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward received plenty of attention when he is involved in any incident inside the opposition penalty area, with Gary Neville describing his actions as ‘cute’ when he won a spot kick against Aston Villa earlier this season (Sky Sports).

Aldridge admitted that Kane is a master of taking advantage of the naivety of some goalkeepers and defenders, while conceding that it is something that all good strikers tend to do.

Kane had another remarkable season at club level, despite Tottenham’s indifferent campaign having scored 23 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions while also providing 14 assists (transfermarkt).

Aldridge wrote in his article about Kane for The Sunday World: “I’ve been critical of Kane in the past as he can be a little devious when it comes to winning penalties and tumbling around the box under minimal pressure, but all strikers do that to an extent.

“When a goalkeeper was stupid enough to rush at me in the box, I would let him clatter into me and take the penalty and Kane is good at buying himself decisions in key areas.

“Defenders and keepers lose their cool in the heat of battle and good strikers understand how to take advantage of their naivety, with Kane a master of the ‘art’.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Kane gets unfair attention for any incidents inside the penalty area while former players such as Aldridge do not appear to focus the same spotlight on the likes of Mo Salah.

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1 COMMENT

  1. So, Aldridge is saying that he was also “devious”? ALL strikers do this. I don’t think that Harry does this more or less than anyone else.

    Many (all?) defenders are very physical when in the prnalty box. does that make them “devious” also.

    I did not read this article, but sounds like a bunch of hooeey to me.

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