Big Match

Kane, Tottenham's new no. 91/2

Harry Kane can now appear part of an inverted front three, a genuine No. 9 appearing a Roberto Firmino-style false nine as faster wide men run past him.
Harry Kane can now appear part of an inverted front three, a genuine No. 9 appearing a Roberto Firmino-style false nine as faster wide men run past him.PHOTO: REUTERS

Statistics show the 'half' element in striker's game as he can also double up as a creator

Perhaps the most telling moment of Harry Kane's Sunday was not the winner to end his longest international drought, condemn the World Cup runners-up Croatia to a 2-1 defeat and give England a chance of winning the Nations League. Nor was it when Gareth Southgate proclaimed him the best goalscorer in the world.

Because an illustration of Kane's evolution came a couple of hours earlier. The Tottenham star dropped a little deeper and played a defence-splitting pass for Raheem Sterling to accelerate past him and shoot.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'Kane, Tottenham's new no. 91/2'. Print Edition | Subscribe