Harry Kane added yet another honour to his collection of personal achievements on Sunday by claiming that World Cup golden boot thanks to his return of 6 goals from just 6 appearances, but he has arrived for plenty of criticism despite his goal-scoring exploits.
3 penalties, 2 instincitve finishes from corners and one fortuitous deflection were enough for Kane to clinch the golden boot at the World Cup this summer. But yet Kane’s tournament felt like something of a disappointment as he failed to emulate the form he consistently displays at Spurs under the pressure of the international spotlight.
Whether he was suffering from an injury, burnout, or a simple lack of fluidity is up for debate, but his struggle was unfortunate as it undoubtedly prevented England from stepping up another level throughout their campaign.
Kane will now take a short rest before the new season gets underway – a season which promises to be filled with excitement as Spurs finally enter their new stadium for the first time.
Mauricio Pochettino has yet to delve into the transfer market to make additions to his squad, but he will need to add a new striker to his ranks to replace Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente if he wants his side to compete for silverware next season.
With that in mind, the Tottenham boss should recommend Mario Mandzukic to Daniel Levy this summer, as a recent report from German media outlet Bild suggests Juventus are willing to listen to offers for his services in light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.
The Croatia international may only have scored 3 goals to Kane’s 6 at the World Cup this summer, but there’s no doubt he upstaged Tottenham’s talisman on the biggest stage of all by slamming home the goal which sunk England in the semi-final of the competition.
Despite being 32-years-of-age, Mandzukic proved that he is a big-game player by providing an assist for Andrej Kramaric’s equaliser in the quarter-final against Russia before his dramatic winner in the following round.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect about Mandzukic is his versatility, as he has successfully adapted to a left-wing position at Juventus despite being a centre-forward by trade.
As you can see from the infographic above, his positional change has impacted on his goal-scoring return somewhat, but he is capable of providing creativity, aerial power and intricate link-up play in the final-third, so his return of 5 goals from 32 appearances is certainly not a cause for concern.
His ability to operate both out-wide and through the middle would provide Pochettino with a perfect solution to his second-striker conundrum, as the likes of Janssen and Llorente have struggled for opportunities whilst playing the role of Kane’s understudy.
However, Mandzukic would have no such problem at the club due to his ability to play down the left as well, so Levy should take full advantage of his availability and do everything in his power to secure the signing of the World Cup star this summer.
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