Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has rubbished claims his side are better off without Harry Kane but admitted the striker’s departure initiated the establishment of a new dynamic in the squad.
Kane completed his mega-money move to Bayern Munich during the summer and has excelled for the German champions, bagging 11 goals and six assists in 12 appearances.
Having netted 278 times in 430 games during a decade-long spell, Tottenham were expected to significantly struggle with his summer exit.
However, things have not panned out as expected, with Postecoglou’s side emerging as the envy of the other Premier League sides following their unbeaten start to the season.
Tottenham have responded superbly to the departure of their talismanic striker, picking up 23 points from their initial nine games and sit two points clear at the Premier League summit.
Kane’s former partner in crime, Heung-min Son, has shouldered the goalscoring burden in his absence, forming a new dynamic partnership with summer acquisition James Maddison.
The duo have been at the centre of Tottenham’s rise to the top of the Premier League table, but Postecoglou insists Kane would have excelled in his system.
“I’m not into this commentary that we’re a better team without Harry because the last game Harry played for us, he did alright in our system when he scored four goals,” Postecoglou told Standard Sport.
“But him not being there just allows us to bring different individuals into the team, and they change the dynamic.
“While the way I want my teams to play has a clear structure, what I try to do is create a balanced squad where individuals can change the dynamics of it.
“Not having Harry there does change us as a team because we’re using different individuals, but if Harry was here the structure would be the same, and we’d have the same fundamentals of trying to dominate the opposition and press the opposition.”
Tottenham have netted 20 goals this season, the joint third-highest in the Premier League, with only Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion scoring more.
Despite their impressive tally, Postecoglou has admitted his side can do better in attack, which could be evident when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday evening.
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