Harry Kane would not have been a particularly good fit for Ange Postecoglou’s system, according to the suggestion.
Spurs have had trouble closing out opportunities and lacking conviction and quality in the final third of the field during the past few games.
With Kane’s 30-year-old eye for a defence-spitting pass and his elite finishing ability, they could have defeated teams like West Ham United and Aston Villa if he had remained with the team.
Over the past few months, some commentators have asserted that Tottenham has benefited from the England captain’s transfer to Bayern Munich because the center-forward is not a particularly good fit for Postecoglou’s preferred high-pressing, high-intensity approach (NBC Sports).
Postecoglou believes Kane could have worked with his setup.
The Tottenham head coach responded to this claim by saying, “No, I do not think so because you were at the Shakhtar game, he did alright,” to Football.London. I do not believe Harry’s presence would have compromised our style, and I believe that is somewhat of an understatement.
It is not like the team has to play to him, in my opinion. His game has, in my opinion, changed over time. Although he is capable of playing in many different systems and ways, his final third work has always been of a high caliber. It is not how I see it.
“If Harry had stayed, I do not think my strategy or the way I assembled the team would have changed.”
Postecoglou did concede, though, that he was informed from the first moment he arrived in the summer that he would have to assemble a team without Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer.
“From my perspective, it would have been great if we kept him,” the Australian continued. “But I kind of knew from day one that he was not going to be here.”
“We then began adding other elements to it, but I believe Harry has the willingness to buy into the team culture and our style of football, which is necessary for the way we play.”
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As one of his few weaknesses, Kane would prefer to play in a system that does not rely as much on a high press. Nevertheless, he is a world-class striker and is undoubtedly capable of fitting into any system.
After the 30-year-old departed, it makes no sense to speculate about “what if.” Postecoglou is responsible for assembling the best team to lead us forward, and it appears that we will need to add a new number nine in January.