Former Gunners youth coach Roy Massey, has taken to the media to express his regret at rejecting Harry Kane because he wasn’t up to the acceptable standard for Arsenal football club. This was probably a devastating blow for the youngster who was only 8 years of age and who lasted just a single season.
Although the loss of Harry Kane could be seen as a grave mistake, it begs the question, with all the hype, is he better than the fire power currently available to Unai Emery ?
Better than Aubameyang or Lacazette ?
Better than Ian Wright or Thierry Henry ?
Well the immediate reaction from Arsenal supporters is a firm NO, but you have to be objective and not dismissive purely because he is a Spurs player.
Harry Kane has a predatory instinct for sure and many have labelled him world class, but there are areas that saw him dismissed by Arsenal and Massey that clearly haven’t improved.
Massey noted that the young Kane lacked mobility, pace and agility, well he still does to be honest. If we compare him to Aubameyang or Henry, he would always come a poor second for pace. He simply hasn’t got blistering pace and is predominantly someone who works outside or inside the box by getting himself into decent positions.
Aubameyang has it all by the bucket load. A genuine goal threat with blistering pace and sublime finishing skills that can play out on the wing or in the traditional strikers role.
Kane’s mobility is still very limited in possession. He is more of a traditional centre forward or target man, whereas Lacazette will work to create openings and can also finish.
Alexander Lacazette is a handful, able to drop a shoulder, loose a marker and make space where none existed. He is also blessed with pace especially when turning and can bamboozle a defender with quick thinking and feet.
Harry Kane is a clever player that can do the same but he simply isn’t as nimble or flexible. His close control and instincts are extremely good and he can fashion a goal from a half chance, which is a regular occurrence in the Premier League.
I’m going to probably surprise a few people when I say that in my opinion, Ian Wright was better than Harry Kane is. He may not have the England caps, but he was a quick and certainly a top quality goal scorer who could change matches.
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His general appetite for the game was superb but his skills were often underestimated. Subtle touches, great awareness and vision made him as good a link up man as he was a striker. Wright was comfortable with the ball, he demanded it and craved for it.
As for Thierry Henry, there is no comparison to be made, he is without question top of the heap for his goal scoring feats, contribution and level of skills. Few would be brave enough or daft enough to declare at this stage that Harry Kane was on a par with a legend.