Jose Mourinho believes that his former Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is not comfortable playing in a front two.
The 27-year-old striker won both the Premier League Golden Boot and Playmaker award this season and in all competitions netted 33 goals and laid on 17 assists in 49 appearances for Tottenham.
He also formed a record-breaking partnership with Son Heung-min, Kane providing nine assists for the South Korean star, while Son laid on six for him and the duo beat Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s record set in the 1994/95 campaign for 13 combinations for Premier League goals in a season by one.
With 34 Premier League goal combinations between them, Kane and Son are just two behind the competition’s all-time record set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
“I don’t think he’s very comfortable with [a front two] and he’s not used to it,” he said. “What’s needed is what we tried at Tottenham.
“He drops so much, he gets between the lines, he’s such a quality and technical player that he can assist and link the play.
“If you do that, and you don’t have a player who looks for that [run behind], you find yourself having the ball but not being dangerous.
“I believe they need that because he will naturally drop, you will see him coming deeper, getting the ball – great vision, great passing, change of direction 70m to exploit the opposite full-back.
“He has all of this. We cannot say only he can score goals. Other guys have that responsibility.”
Mourinho admitted that he had messaged Kane this week to wish him good luck for the Euros, which begin on Friday.
“I did [send him a message] yesterday,” he said.
“I know how players are so now it’s time to close the door and to leave them in their room, with family and closer friends, but from my side, when a player is my player is my boy, he’s always my boy even when we don’t work together.”