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Jamie Carragher Hails New Role Of Harry Kane After Etihad Masterclass

Jamie Carragher Hails New Role Of Harry Kane After Etihad Masterclass
By Eoin Harrington

Harry Kane was in electric form for Spurs on Saturday evening, as he made all the difference for Spurs in a breathtaking win away to Manchester City.

Kane contributed two goals to Spurs' 3-2 win, including a 95th minute winner, and had a third ruled out for offside.

He was central to all of Spurs' attacks, and Jamie Carragher noted the changes Kane has made to his style of play in his post-match analysis for Sky Sports.

Harry Kane: Jamie Carragher praises Spurs forward's evolution

It was inevitable that Harry Kane would make the headlines against Manchester City. Having been relentlessly linked with a big-money move to the Citizens last summer, his presence in the Spurs team at the Etihad was bound to be the centre of attention.

For Antonio Conte and Spurs, however, Kane made the headlines for all the right reasons on Saturday, with his injury time goal sealing a crucial away win over the indomitable Manchester City.

Jamie Carragher, on commentary for Sky Sports, certainly enjoyed the late winner from Kane, as he let out a cry akin to that of a wolf when the ball hit the net.

Carragher was asked to comment on Kane's performance at full-time. The former Liverpool centre-back was hugely impressed with the England captain's performance, and suggested that his new deeper role in Spurs' setup was playing to his strengths.

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That was one of the best performances I've seen all season, it really was a privilege to watch. What made it so much more special was that we've seen people play in games, score some goals, create goals, play nice passes, but he didn't get a lot of the ball.

Every time the ball came into him, even little flick-ons and headers, little touches around the corner, everything he did today was just pure class.

He's not going to be the centre forward from when Pochettino first arrived and he was running in channels and battering centre-backs. He's not that player anymore, he's older. He's got plenty of years left but he's coming shorter for the ball - as all great strikers do.

He's not just going deeper - he's one of the best passers of the ball in the Premier League. Kevin de Bruyne, off the top of my head, is sensational, but Harry Kane is not that far behind him. Both feet as well.

It was a classic Spurs win - both in the sense that it will not be forgotten any time soon by their fans, and in that it came in the midst of a shocking run of form. Three Premier League losses in a row had evaporated the feel-good factor from early in Antonio Conte's reign, and Manchester City had not lost a league game since October.

Sky pundits Carragher and Graeme Souness questioned the long-term viability of the style of play Spurs used at the Etihad, saying that the counter-attacking nature will not work against teams who do not control the ball as much as Manchester City do.

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But, if they can exploit the excellence of Harry Kane more regularly, this style of play may just become more viable for Spurs.

You can never say for certain which Spurs will show up week-in-week-out, but the win over Manchester City was undoubtedly the highlight of Conte's time at the club so far, and the performance of Kane will be a beacon of hope for the club in their battle to finish in the top four.

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