Antonio Conte has revealed that Harry Kane will now be joined by Eric Dier and Heung-min Son on free-kick duty for Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham have had their fair share of issues with direct free-kicks ever since Christian Eriksen left.
Eric Dier and Harry Kane tend to take most of those, but they’ve never really been particularly fruitful.
Kane, Tottenham set peice specialist, has failed to match his usual goalscoring rate to the art of free-kick taking. While he has scored two goals from set-pieces for Spurs, both deflected off the wall and gave the keeper no chance.
Eric Dier, meanwhile, has a history of scoring for England at a major tournament, while Heung-min Son has whipped a few free-kicks in for South Korea over the past year, including another during this very international break.
It appears that if Tottenham get a free-kick within shooting range against Arsenal this weekend, it will be a fight between the three of them to take control of the ball.
When asked if Son will take free-kicks, Conte said in today’s match conference: “Yeah but Son is one of the three players who have the task to take set pieces. We have him, Harry and Eric Dier. For sure now he has great confidence because he scored.”
Harry Kane is an incredible player and has very few weaknesses in his game, but free-kicks just are not in his wheelhouse. It is a very different technique from normal goalscoring and he should really step aside and let others with a better track record have a go.