Pundit tells Tottenham's Harry Kane to learn from Olivier Giroud
The 36-year-old is France’s primary number nine at the World Cup now after Karim Benzema suffered an injury. Kylian Mbappe has been the star of the show, but Giroud has impressed too, scoring twice already.
Kane, on the other hand, is yet to open his account, and Murphy has some advice for him.
Pundit tells Tottenham’s Harry Kane to learn from Olivier Giroud
Even though Kane hasn’t scored in the World Cup this year, he has been directly involved in three of England’s goals.
That’s because the Englishman drops deep to link play up multiple times in a game. Both England and Spurs have benefitted massively because of that, but Kane has come under some criticism now due to his lack of goals.
Simon Jordan even claimed on talkSPORT that Kane’s performances have been disappointing, which is a bit harsh considering he has three assists in as many games.
Murphy has had his say on the situation too, and he feels Kane should take a leaf out of Giroud’s book.
He said on talkSPORT: “Haaland is a great example of a centre-forward, Giroud actually is a better example (for Kane).
“Giroud hasn’t got Kane’s ability to come in deep, so he doesn’t even bother. But when France are dominating the ball, he stays up there and occupies the centre halves.
“Kane gets drawn in to come back and get some touches and show that he’s a good player, because he can do it. But sometimes, he has to play the selfless role and stay higher and not come back deep.”
It’s funny how Giroud is being hailed as an example now, but when he was at Arsenal back in the day, he was constantly criticised by most pundits in the country.
The Frenchman has always been a quality player, but the fact that he wasn’t a prolific goalscorer made him an easy target for several pundits.
When Arsenal decided to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018, they agreed to sell Giroud to Chelsea for a fee reported to be £18 million (BBC). He’s now at AC Milan and is still going strong – for club and country.
Kane could certainly adopt a few of Giroud’s qualities, but the Englishman is already one of the best players in the world without them, and there’s no real need for him to change things just because he hasn’t scored in three games.