Tottenham left it very late but they made some big moves toward the end of the transfer window, including Fernando Llorente who may apply some pressure on Harry Kane’s usually safe spot. The Englishmen has been very active for Spurs but he is yet to score a goal this season. Does something need to change?
The fact he has failed to find the back of the net as of yet is rather staggering because he has had the most shots on goal in the Premier League. That is more than lead goalscorer Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s always electric Mohamed Salah. It is not by small margins either, Kane has had a total of 24 shots, which is 10 more than Manchester United’s attacker.
Should Spurs look to make a change? Certainly not yet. We know Kane is a bit of a slow starter, but he always makes the numbers having improved on his breakout season in 2014-15 by winning the Golden Boot the year after and then bettering that with 29 goals last term.
Although, Llorente does make a handy replacement if Kane continues to falter. The Spaniard scored 15 times in 33 appearances for Swansea City, and his height and power adds a different type of avenue for Tottenham to utilise. Perfect target for the deliveries of Christian Eriksen.
However, we know Tottenham like to break fast on the counter attack and that doesn’t exactly fit the resume of Llorente. He also won’t drop back into the midfield areas as much either, because he makes his money winning headers among the opposition’s defence.
Kane on the other hand tends to drop back into the midfield to collect and distribute frequently. He has maintained a pass accuracy of 64%, and the majority of those were forward passes. These sorts of movements have yielded some positive results for Tottenham as well. Kane has created five shot assists for his teammates.
This leaves an interesting proposition for Mauricio Pochettino. He can either persist with Kane and wait for the results to come, which they inevitably will. He could swap out Kane for Llorente and see if the different type of target boosts Spurs reserves. Or he could play the two of them together, and see if they get along.
That last option may be the most mouth-watering one for Spurs supporters too. Tottenham have only scored four goals, six less than Manchester United and half of what Liverpool have on their table. More goals are crucial for Tottenham and soon because they are already five points adrift.
August ends. 🗓
Harry Kane scores. ⚽️
Coincidence? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fXADVQ0crG
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