Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has claimed that he would be frustrated in the Tottenham Hotspur side if he were in Harry Kane’s boots due to their defensive style of play.

Tottenham were without the services of Richarlison and Heung-min Son for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday with Dejan Kulusevski taking his place on the bench for the first time after suffering his hamstring strain in September.

Harry Kane

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Antonio Conte instead had to play Ivan Perisic as his attacking option alongside Kane, with Owen claiming that it must be frustrating for the England captain to have to defend in his own half and also drop into midfield to try to orchestrate play, rather than leading the line as a typical number nine.

Owen told Premier League Productions (06/11/22 at 6:50 pm): “If you play in this Tottenham team, I look at it and think ‘I would be so frustrated if I was Harry Kane, a lot of the time’. 

“He is dropping off. He is 25 yards out during the game and making tackles 25 yards out from his own box. Wouldn’t you be a bit frustrated playing as a centre-forward because you know this team has so much more to give?”

Kane was once again on the scoresheet to register his eleventh Premier League goal of the season, but was unable to stop his side from falling to a 2-1 defeat to the Merseysiders.

SpursWeb Opinion

Tottenham do not have the luxury of having a raft of creative players in their ranks compared to the likes of Manchester City, where Haaland can stay up top and feed off balls from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva.  

A playmaker such as James Maddison should be high up on the club’s transfer list come the January transfer window to allow Kane more opportunities to put the ball in the net, rather than being the creator.

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