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Breaking News ! Speculation continues to grow linking Harry Kane with a move to Old Trafford in the summer. Manchester United have made it known that their admirers of the England captain and the club are actively looking for a new striker ahead of next season. Tottenham are of course reluctant to let the 27-year-old leave, especially given he still has three years left on his current deal. As a result, his signature wouldn’t come cheap, yet United might see him as a player worth the outlay, specifically given the impact he could have on their attack should he arrive. Obviously, his goalscoring record is almost unrivalled by any player across the Premier League and he’s netted a remarkable 160 Premier League goals in just six and a bit seasons. Yet it’s his adaptation this year from just an out and out goalscorer to an additional creator of goals for others that’s really impressed. Read More Related Articles The ex-Man United striker who could thwart Man City’s hopes of Erling Haaland transfer Read More Related Articles Four perfect partners for Harry Maguire as Manchester United plot key transfer move In terms of direct goal contributions, Kane’s best total came in the 2016/17 season when he either scored or assisted a total of 34. Harry Kane's Premier League goals + assists (Image: @DAHughes_) Impressively, as highlighted above, despite netting 17 times in comparison to the 29 in that season, he’s only five of that year’s combined total of 34 with a quarter of this campaign still to go. This is in thanks to his exceptional assist total of 13 which is currently the highest for any player across the league, and over twice the number of assists he’s managed in one campaign previously. A key reason behind his success in this department this year has been the way in which he’s worked with former United boss Jose Mourinho to adapt his role as a centre forward. Rather than focusing solely on finishing moves by remaining in advanced areas and playing on the last line of the opposition’s defence, he now drops into deeper areas of space on the pitch, picking up the ball and then acting as the teams advanced playmaker.
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Harry Kane's heatmap 2020/21
Obviously, when Kane drops deeper, players around him are required to rotate and drive forward in his place so Spurs still have that penetrative threat in attack, and this is where the likes of Son Heung-min has proven to be so effective.
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An example of the good work between the two is below. Here, Kane drops into a deeper position to receive a pass. Son reacts by progressing into a more advanced area.
As Kane drops deep, Son pushes forward
Kane then drives out wide before swinging in a great cross towards Son attacking the ball in the middle of the penalty area. The South Korean international then slots the ball home excellently.
Son drives into the box to get on the end of Kane's cross
At United, there are similar profiles to Son in the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Obviously, these players are not carbon copies stylistically, but they’re excellent attackers who can drive at pace into the penalty area and latch onto the end of passes or crosses into the box. As a result, they could also be key beneficiaries of Kane’s hybrid forward role should he join United, in the same way Son has been at Spurs so far this season.