Harry Kane has revealed he thinks about the kind of chances that might come his way before every game he plays for Tottenham, although he acknowledges it’s not always possible to know how many goalscoring opportunities he will get in any given match.
The Spurs striker has become one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over recent seasons, winning the Premier League Golden Boot on two occasions as well as finding the net regularly in the Champions League. He was also the top scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia last summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports about what it takes to become a top striker, Kane explained that preparing for every kind of chance makes it easier to score goals regularly.
“Before every game, you think ‘what kind of chance am I going to get, is it going to be in the box, outside it, am I going to get a cross?’, but obviously you can’t control it and you’ve got to be ready for any situation,” Kane said. “Some games you get five or 10 chances and other games, you get one or two – that’s just the way it goes.
“I just try to prepare myself as well as possible for every chance. You’ve got to be prepared to shoot with your left or your right, or your head or a chip and that’s what makes a good striker.”
The 25-year-old also spoke about how the best strikers are able to slow down time in the penalty area when an opportunity comes their way, something he clearly has experience with for both Tottenham and England.
He added: “It’s a sign of a good striker when you can be in the box and everything slows down instead of speeds up. You see it at different levels with different players – they might panic in front of goal, rush a finish or rush a touch but if you can freeze a situation so you know where the goalkeeper is, where the defenders are and with the pace it’s going at, you know where the bodies are going to be, you can use that to your advantage.”
After scoring twice on the Premier League opening day against Aston Villa earlier this month, Kane drew a blank in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City last weekend but will hope to be back among the goals when Spurs face Newcastle United on Sunday.
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