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Harry Kane can be the world’s best 9.5 once Karim Benzema relinquishes the crown

There hasn't been much for Spurs to smile about in recent weeks but their talisman's transformation is a joy to watch

Five league games without a win means Spurs are enduring their worst run of form under Mauricio Pochettino.

Goal difference is all that currently preserves their top four status with Man United (and to a lesser extent, Chelsea) hopeful of ensuring qualification for next season’s Champions League.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the north Londoners.


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There are some reasons to be cheerful…

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There are some reasons to be cheerful…

They’ll play at their new stadium for the first time on Wednesday and in Harry Kane MBE they have a player who is adapting and improving his game before our eyes.

Moussa Sissoko’s unsuccessful left-footed swipe was undoubtedly a key moment at Anfield.

Much has been made of Virgil van Dijk’s smart defending but not enough of Kane’s glorious pass to instigate the two-on-one.

With his back to goal, the 25-year-old hooked the ball into the feet of Son Heung-min.

Kane’s movement had dragged Joel Matip way beyond the halfway line, leaving the space into which Sissoko marauded.

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The equaliser came from Kane’s quick free-kick (too quick for some’s liking) switch to Kieran Trippier that eventually resulted in Lucas Moura slamming his finish past Alisson from close range.

Had the Frenchman converted the chance, Kane’s vision would have been a factor in two goals for the visitors and Spurs’ chances of finishing in the top four would have been significantly boosted.

The two-time Golden Boot winner’s improved passing has been evident in recent weeks.

His perfectly-weighted ball in behind the Czech Republic defence for Jadon Sancho allowed Raheem Sterling to score the type of goal he does for City so often.

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Kane has always fancied himself as more than just a fox in the box.

He believes he has the technical ability to create for others while maintaining a prolific goal record.

And if recent performances are anything to go by, he may well be right.

It’s convenient that he wears No9 for England and No10 for Spurs as his future role may be that of a 9.5 — one who switches from playmaker to poacher at will.

Take Karim Benzema for example, earlier this year the Real Madrid forward said: “I’m a No9 who has the soul of a No10.”

Neuf et demi

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Neuf et demi

Followers of Los Blancos have long appreciated the Frenchman for his contribution beyond his double century of goals for the club.

Last season, Benzema’s primary function was to serve Cristiano Ronaldo.

As a result, he scored just five league goals but provided ten assists — the fourth most in La Liga in 2017/18.

This term, with the Portuguese superstar having departed for Juventus, Benzema has revived Mr Hyde to accompany Dr Jekyll.

With over a month to go, he has 23 goals in all competitions and has provided more assists than any of his team-mates.

More than just goals

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More than just goals

The possibility of Kane following Benzema’s lead should excite England fans in particular.

A good 9.5 allows wingers to run beyond them and in Sterling, Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, the Three Lions have excellent runners.

The worry for Spurs fans is that if Kane’s impersonation of Benzema is too good, Real Madrid may feel the England captain is a required purchase once the Frenchman passes his prime.


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