England Captain Harry Kane Is ‘Not A Good Leader… It’s A Big Problem’ Says Football Legend


England Captain Harry Kane Is ‘Not A Good Leader… It’s A Big Problem’ Says Football Legend

Harry Kane's lack of leadership qualities have been labelled "a big problem", before he goes into Euro 2020 as England captain.

Roy Keane has named Kane's leadership and communication as his "big hang-up" about the Tottenham striker, claiming that he doesn't demand enough from his teammates - on or off the pitch.

The Manchester United great did tell Micah Richards, on their SkyBet Road to Wembley series, that he still wants his former club to buy the "amazing" Spurs forward. But Keane added that the 27-year-old's lack of leadership was a major issue.


Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot last season and has been England captain since 2018 (when he won the World Cup Golden Boot). But that is not quite enough for the famously demanding Keane.

After Richards brought up what a massive tournament this is for Kane, as he reportedly looks to leave Tottenham this summer, Keane responded in typically blunt fashion.

"The only thing I'd hold against Kane - there's a big negative I have towards Kane," he said.

"I think Kane is an amazing player. I think every club should be trying to sign him. Man United have got to sign him, I don't care if it's £120 million - sign him.


"But I don't think he's a good leader. I never see him digging anyone out when he was at Spurs. I know people might go, 'Well that's not in his personality', or 'He might do it in the dressing room'. I don't think he does, and that's a big problem.

"OK, you can lead with your brilliant play, but sometimes I think I want to see another side to Kane. I'd love to see him get hold of somebody, and I'm on about Spurs - some players have been really poor or downing tools for certain managers. I never saw Kane digging them out.

'So that's my only hang-up with Kane as a leader and a captain."


Kane appears to be seeking an exit from Tottenham after over a decade at the club and 221 goals. The striker turns 28 in July and is yet to win any major career honours, while Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the England player - though it remains to be seen if any club can meet the asking price of the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Kane is one of the very best strikers in world football right now. Although, if you ask Keane, none of the big clubs linked to him should be looking to give him the armband after signing Kane.


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Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, England, Roy Keane, Harry Kane

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