Alan Shearer says opposition players are ‘overthinking’ because of one Tottenham star

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Alan Shearer has praised Tottenham striker Harry Kane and claimed that he has got opposition goalkeepers ‘overthinking’ because of his penalty record, as he told MatchDay Extra on PL Productions (16/05/22 at 10:50 pm).

In back-to-back Premier League games, Kane has dispatched two pressure-cooker penalties for Spurs, including against Burnley last time out.

On both occasions, the England captain was up against his fellow countryman – Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope – yet he outfoxed them both from the spot and drew praise from Michael Owen.

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In the case of Pope, the Burnley shot-stopper didn’t even move when Kane fired his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Premier League’s highest goal-getter thinks opposition keepers are being left puzzled by Kane because of the precision and variety he can execute his spot-kicks.

“Superb,” said Shearer. “The keepers don’t know what he’s going to do. Nick Pope actually tried to outfox him by standing still.

“He put his other one to the goalkeeper’s left-hand side (v Arsenal), so he’s thinking he might just change his mind.

“Even if he had gone to his right side, he wouldn’t have stopped the penalty because it was inches inside the post and the keepers not getting it.

“Such is the confidence of Harry Kane, he can put it in that good of a spot, even if he goes that way, he’s not getting it – he got the goalkeepers overthinking it.”

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HARRY KANE PENALTY RECORD IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE

Harry Kane has scored 52 penalties during his record-breaking career – that’s for both club and country – missing only eight (transfermarkt).

The issue keepers find with the Tottenham hitman is that he doesn’t focus on just one corner and is constantly rotating his options.

Then there is the issue of trying to stop a penalty that is hitting the inside side netting, so the keeper in question has to do something extraordinary to pull off a save.

Either way, Heung-Min Son, who is chasing the Golden Boot against Liverpool’s Mo Salah, isn’t going to be put on penalty duty anytime soon, that’s for sure.

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