We have already established that the very first task that the new coach, and hopefully the new director of football, will have for Spurs is convincing Harry Kane to stay. If the rumors are true and Antonio Conte is indeed going to be the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur, he should have a very convincing argument for Harry Kane. Here are three reasons why Antonio Conte is an excellent match for Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur.
Conte a strikers dream
Antonio Conte is known in some circles as a pragmatic defensive-minded coach. The fact that he prefers a back three, which changes to a back five when in deep can give that impression to the casual observer. If we add in the fact that Conte’s two most recent teams at Inter conceived a combined .91 goals per match does suggest that Conte is indeed a defensive-minded coach.
The line-up and defensive success are undeniable, as is the fact that he is a dream for strikers. Antonio Conte finds a way to get the best out of the tools he is given when it comes to strikers.
At Chelsea, he got 20 goals from poacher Diego Costa and 19 from crafty Eden Hazard in their title-winning season of 2016/17. However, Hazard and Costa are far from the pair he had at inter in Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku.
Martinez is more like your Steven Bergwijn or Son Heung-Min playing in the second striker role. His job is to dribble, get fouled, be a long ball threat and score some goals. Over the last two seasons, Lautaro Martinez has scored 40 goals in all competitions for Inter.
Then playing in what undoubtedly would be the Harry Kane role, Conte had Romelu Lukaku at Inter. Lukaku provides the same kind of target presence that Harry Kane does, where he can hold up the ball and play with his back to goal. Additionally, Lukaku did a lot of dropping deep to play the ball into the corners for the wings or to Martinez on the through ball.
Undoubtedly Conte must be giddy thinking about having Harry Kane play the same role as Lukaku did for him. Over the last two seasons, the big Belgian has netted 64 goals in all competitions. That is 104 goals in the last two seasons in all competitions, just from the two strikers on Conte’s Inter. To say Conte is a dream for a striker is maybe an understatement.
So what exactly will Conte do that will help Kane thrive? Here are three specific reasons Harry Kane should be happy about the arrival of Antonio Conte.