Rodgers believes Kane's deeper role "has been added to his game"

Sat 19 December 2020 | 2:44

Brendan Rodgers thinks Jose Mourinho has attached something new to Harry Kane’s game by playing the striker in a deeper role.

Some spectators consider


’s scoring skill has been reduced by falling back, while Michael Owen recently implied the England captain must find it “



Being the country’s premier goalscorer as more of an attacking midfielder seems a strong move by Mourinho, but






“I don’t think it is.

“I think if you look through the game, you look at Roberto Firmino, he does a similar role for Liverpool. Lionel Messi did it for Barcelona. Other players have done it all through time.

“You’re not seeing something being taken away from Harry’s game. You’re seeing something that’s been added to his game.

“He’s clearly a wonderful goalscorer with great ability, finishing in and around 25 or 30 yards out.

“But what you’re now seeing also is the ability of a player to drop underneath, and make passes like a midfield player.

“So I don’t think anything has been taken away from his game. I think Jose has asked him to drop that little bit deeper and I think it’s his natural intelligence.

“In Harry you can see he’s a wonderful player, he’s got a great football brain. You see him dropping underneath and having that ability to make those passes.

“So it’s an addition to how they play rather than something taken away from them.”


can welcome back Jonny Evans from suspension and fit-again Timothy Castagne on Sunday.

The Belgian full-back had been one of City’s most remarkable players till he sustained a hamstring injury two months ago.



“He’s got great energy and can run in behind. He gives us a good profile in terms of defending set-pieces. He’ll be a huge plus.

“When he’s defending he really gets in contention with people. From a set-piece perspective, he’s a good size so he can defend the box well.

“On the attacking side, he’s so good at penetrating without the ball. He wants to get up there and score goals. It definitely improves our squad.”

source: SportMob