Match of the Day pundit, Alan Shearer, took time out last night to point out just why Harry Kane is ahead of the rest, specifically comparing him to David McGoldrick.
Although McGoldrick got himself on the scoresheet once again and put in a fine overall display, it was Kane who shone. His ruthlessness and control of the game from deep really catching the eye.
Indeed, it was Kane’s goal which essentially put the game to bed for Spurs, with the England skipper capitalising on a mistake from Ollie Norwood to turn and slot past Aaron Ramsdale.
And Shearer believes that moment, compared with a similar moment for McGoldrick, shows the fine margins between strikers at the very top.
“I just want to stress the importance of the half turn and first touch. We’re talking about an elite striker in Harry Kane but look at his body position,” Shearer said.
“Look at Kane, he knows where he is, he knows he’s got yards to turn into then he’s straight into the defence for the opportunity.
“Now look at the difference with McGoldrick. He does very well to get into the position but what he does is, he takes his first touch back into the traffic. That split second allows the defender in to take the ball away. It’s just a split second that is a big difference”.
Kane is obviously a superb striker and ‘Didzy’, even at the age he is, can take something from Shearer’s interesting take here.
A good point from Shearer, Kane is world-class in everything he does
Yes we gifted the ball to him and we did it far too often in the game but you cannot take away from the fact Kane is a world-class operator.
His goal was that of a striker in ruthless form and everything about it was brilliant once he recieved the pass.
McGoldrick, meanwhile, continues to impress for United. Nobody expects him to be at the leve Kane is but the analysis from Shearer is interesting and shows the marginal differences at the very top.