Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been tipped to follow the career path of former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
Former United and Everton man Rooney started his career as a centre-forward but moved further back into an attacking midfield role later in his career.
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Kane is edging closer to Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record but his ability provide for his teammates and be involved in the build-up play has improved vastly improved in recent seasons.
It’s this asset to his game that has made former Everton and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott make the claim that he can see Kane following Rooney into a deeper role.
“Strikers with his level of finishing ability are judged on their goal return and that starts with taking up the correct positions,” Lescott told LiveScore.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a prime example of someone who adapted their game to be an out-and-out goalscorer – but I actually think Kane may end up moving backwards with time.
“He’s never been a forward reliant on having the highest leap or the quickest sprint. His intelligence, vision and movement are some of his strongest traits. It makes me think he could end up moving into an attacking midfield role in later years, not too dissimilar to Wayne Rooney.
Kane has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs, having missed out on a summer transfer to Man City, and Lescott believes United could be a good move for him.
“I think he’d consider that very strongly. For all their faults, United are closer to winning trophies than Spurs right now. Not the Premier League, but knockout competitions. You could see them winning an FA Cup or Carabao Cup.
“Somewhere like a Real Madrid or Bayern Munich would also be a good fit. But with Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski as good as ever this season, I’m not sure those are viable options.
“It would make sense for United to try for him. And if circumstances are right, it’s one I could see happening.”