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Alan Shearer hails Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for punishing ‘naive’ City defenders

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Alan Shearer hails Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for punishing ‘naive’ City defenders

Alan Shearer has been waxing lyrical about the performance of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane after he helped his side go top of the table with a 2-0 win over Manchester City this weekend. 

Kane did not find himself on the scoresheet but proved pivotal to both goals. His movement dragged both City defenders out of position, allowing Heung-min Son to run in behind and score the opening goal. 

He then provided the pass for Giovani Lo Celso to put the game to bed after picking up the ball in space and sliding a perfectly weighted pass through to the Argentine. 

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It was a display that had fellow striker Shearer purring on Match of the Day and he suggested Kane had made City’s expensive centre-back pairing of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte look ‘naive’. 

“It wasn’t just about defending,” the former Newcastle striker stated on the BBC’s flagship football show. “Look at that, the movement of Kane. The defenders were silly enough, stupid enough, to come with him, both of them. They leave the space in behind, Son’s too bright for them and the finish is excellent…

“Second-half,  same thing happens. That comes from a throw-in. Kane comes off the line, takes the touch and turns, plays the pass into Son and with the form he’s in you expect that to be in the back of the net.


“Within 30-40 seconds that guy (Lo Celso) comes on. Look at that again if you’re going to be that naive and give him that amount of space to turn and play it in there. 2-0. Game over.”

It was yet another fantastic display from the England captain yesterday as he continues to grow into a more rounded striker under Jose Mourinho. 

His assist for Lo Celso was the 27-year-old’s 11th of the season, adding to the 13 goals he has managed in 15 appearances for Spurs this season. 

Those stats are sensational and if Kane keeps up this kind of form there is every chance Spurs end up top of the table still come the end of the season.

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