Harry Kane may have risen to the top of the Premier League’s scoring charts this weekend with a brace against Liverpool, but focusing on the Tottenham Hotspur star’s scoring exploits alone would be doing his performance at Wembley a disservice.
As much as anything else, Kane’s goals were merely a byproduct of a scintillating attacking display that saw him also set-up Heung-min Son for his side’s second goal of the afternoon after just twelve minutes and relentlessly rip apart Liverpool’s defence by driving with the ball on the counter-attack.
Indeed, we’re encroaching upon the point where we should stop thinking of Kane as simply a striker and put him into the same fluid context as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – roaming forwards who essentially take up any position that suits them best and are involved in more than only the final phase of play.
That may seem a little presumptuous, not least because finishing remains Kane’s greatest asset. But in the last few years, we’ve seen the other aspects of his game develop at an incredible rate. He steadily improved upon holding up the ball and bringing others into the game last season; this term, Kane’s shown the speed, strength and dribbling ability to take on defenders with the ball when there’s space in front of him.
The common theme is Kane fashioning himself into not just the perfect all-round forward but also a frightening individual entity and in many ways, Jose Mourinho will fear hosting the England international at Old Trafford next weekend more than when Pep Guardiola’s City make the short trip across Manchester in December.
While a result against City will require nullifying an exceptionally well-oiled machine, which in turn is a question of performing equally well as a unit, Kane is becoming the kind of superstar who can win games on his own. Especially away from home where there’s the kind of room on the break Kane has been so devastating in this season, individuals like that can be incredibly hard to stop.