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Brendan Rodgers believes that José Mourinho has added another string to Harry Kane’s bow by playing the forward in a deeper role.
Some observers believe Kane Scoring prowess has been diluted when backing up, while Michael Owen recently suggested that the England captain must find it “frustrating”.
Playing the country’s top scorer as an attacking midfielder seems like a bold move by Mourinho, but Leicester Chief Rodgers insisted: “I don’t think it is.
“I think if you look at the game, you look at Roberto Firmino, he plays a similar role for Liverpool. Lionel Messi did it for Barcelona. Other players have done it over time.
“You’re not seeing something taken from Harry’s game. You’re seeing something added to his game.
“He is clearly a wonderful scorer with great skill, finishing in and around 25 or 30 yards.
“But what you are seeing now is also the ability of a player to drop below and pass like a midfielder.
“So I don’t think they took anything away from his game. I think José has asked him to sink a little deeper and I think it is his natural intelligence.
“In Harry you can see that he is a wonderful player, he has a great football brain. You see him fall below and have that ability to make those passes.
“So it’s an addition to the way they play rather than something that is taken away from them.”
Rodgers He can counter Kane’s threat Sunday by welcoming back Jonny Evans, from suspension, and Timothy Castagne back in shape.
The Belgian full-back had been one of City’s most impressive players until he suffered a hamstring injury two months ago.
Rodgers said: “He has a lot of energy and can run behind. It gives us a good profile when it comes to defending set pieces. It will be a great advantage.
“When he’s defending, he really gets mad at people. From a set piece perspective, he is a good size, so he can defend the area well.
“On the attacking side, he is very good penetrating without the ball. He wants to go up and score goals. It definitely improves our squad. “