Finally a second striker at Spurs
For as long as we can remember finding a backup for Harry Kane has been a real challenge. While Carlos Vinicius did okay this past season, it did not result in more time with two strikers on the pitch.
Well just as Antonio Conte likes to use a three-back system, he also likes to play with two strikers. Whether Costa and Hazard, or Hazard and Morata, or Lukaku and Martinez, the strikers are never alone.
This is important as it takes the pressure off of Harry Kane and allows the team to leverage Kane’s knack for dropping deep to receive the ball. Too often this past season Kane would drop deep and there was no one going beyond him pushing and pressuring the center-backs. In the Conte system, one striker plays off the other.
We saw this past season the connection between Kane and Son, with the South Korean push against the defense up top instead of pinching in from the wing, it should make for even more opportunities for Kane.
The space vacated on the wing by Son moving up top opens up the lane for Sergio Reguilon or whoever is at left wing-back. The point is unlike this season where Kane had to force things, he should have options when he drops just as he should see more of the ball when he gets into the box.
Ultimately the decision is going to be Kane and maybe he has already decided to stay or maybe he has already decided to go, or maybe he is as of yet undecided. Whatever Kane’s current thought, part of thinking has to be that Conte is a dream coach for strikers and he can do big things with him.