Obsession with scoring can work against 'assassin' Kane - Pochettino

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The Spurs boss thinks his star man may be overly single-minded on the pitch as he worries about getting goals more than he should

For most managers having a player with an eye for goal is a great thing, but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it could actually be a hindrance to star striker Harry Kane. 

The 25-year-old netted his 150th goal for Spurs in a Champions League win over PSV midweek and has put to bed any doubts about his form following a five-match run without a goal early in the season. 

Kane has scored eight goals in 11 games since his slow start, and while that would come as a blessing to many managers, Pochettino believes Kane's obsession with scoring actually hinders the England star's overall play when he isn't finding the net regularly. 

"He is a killer, an assassin, a killer," Pochettino told reporters. "He always in practice in everything he wants to kill the goalkeeper, everything.

"He wants to score, he is so determined to score goals.

"That is why sometimes when he doesn't score he is so obsessed with scoring, that sometimes it is against him because sometimes you need more freedom, not to be obsessed.

"But he is going to learn because I think he is now starting to be really mature because he is still young.

"I am not surprised because he is so determined and in training you need to stop him training because he always wants to train, to improve and it is amazing."

Pochettino pointed to the attitude in English football as part of the problem, believing that a player of Kane's quality and his stature as one of the best goalscorers in the world wouldn't face as much scrutiny were he Italian or Spanish. 

"In England you have some very good things here but there are things you need to improve with your own players," he said.

"Kane is English and sometimes you push him to the sky and paradise and then you put him on the outside. Now after six years here I understand a little bit. It is true.

"If Harry Kane is Italian and playing for the Italian side he will be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players.

"It is difficult to push but when they are there they try to keep up there. It's similar in Spain. Here it is more up and down.

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"You score you are the best. If you didn't score no ... you are criticised. That is the problem."

Kane and Spurs jumped back into the top four with a win over Wolves last week and will be looking to consolidate that place ahead of the international break as they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

They will come back from the break with a run of tough matches, with Chelsea, Inter and Arsenal their next three games. 

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