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Can Harry Kane become Tottenham’s new creative spark?


Tottenham fail to replace Eriksen

There have been a fair few issues at Tottenham over the last year or so, but perhaps one of the biggest has been their lack of creativity.

For many years, Christian Eriksen stood as the Lilywhite’s main source of creativity.

The Dane, of course, excelled in this area and played a key role for Mauricio Pochettino – who turned the north Londoners into a consistent top-four side as well as guiding them to the 2019 Champions League final.

However, Eriksen has since moved on and Spurs are really yet to bring in a like-for-like replacement.

All of Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Gedson Fernandes and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have arrived to reinforce Tottenham’s midfield ranks over the last year and a bit.

However, none of that quartet really excel in an attacking midfield role or as a side’s main source of creativity.

Lo Celso and Ndombele are likely to be viewed by Jose Mourinho as the players expected to create chances from midfield.

But the latter is still not able to see out 90 minutes of football whilst Lo Celso has put on his better displays in a Spurs shirt from a deeper role.

This, of course, leaves the Lilywhites without a real no.10.

Dele Alli is, obviously, an attacking midfielder. But the 24-year-old has not been at his best for some time now and appears to have fallen out of favour under Mourinho, with a move to PSG even touted recently.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Kane vs Southampton

With no true no.10 type player at their disposal, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side have often struggled to create chances and in truth, haven’t really appeared to have a coherent attacking plan.

Spurs do find some joy creating chances when hitting teams on the counter-attack.

But for the most part, their link-up play and ability to both move the ball up the pitch quickly and break teams who sit deep down, is sub-par.

This though, is were Harry Kane can come in.

Against Southampton over the weekend, Kane put on a display worthy of some of the best playmakers in the world.

The Englishman would provide all four assists for Heung-Min Son against the Saints.

And these assists were not just simple passes across the box for an easy tap in, they were truly quality balls from all over the pitch.

Kane’s first, after some solid work from Ndombele to beat the press, saw the hitman whip a lovely ball to Son from the left-wing.

The Englishman’s second was a more central ball, which split open the Southampton defence.

Kane’s 3rd assist then came from the half-way line before the striker produced a very Kevin De Bruyne-esque 4th from the right of the pitch to cap off a quartet of superb assists: