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2016 03 21 Retrieve
[on Harry Kane] I think you could play Harry on his own with players deeper with a five-man midfield and Harry leading the line because I think that’s his best position. He’s played in a number of positions for Spurs, a little bit withdrawn and deeper, but when he leads the line, when he’s a traditional number nine, that’s his best role and I think eventually that will be the role he will play for England
2016 03 22 Retrieve
[on Harry Kane] I saw him walk through the door (at Tottenham) as a 16-year-old and had the pleasure of working with him for four years while I was on the staff and he was a fine young man. You could see from the day he walked in he had a real desire to improve himself as a footballer and the one thing I’d say about him, which unfortunately you don’t say about a lot of young footballers, is that he had a passion for the game. He loves football, he loves playing, he loves scoring goals
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Club legend Clive Allen says Gareth Bale would be welcome back at Tottenham] I would, yeah. I would because I think he could provide something that no one else can. That is something you can never underestimate, you add a player of that ability to your team, it’s not only a talent but it lifts everybody else in the club as well
When Gareth walked through the door, and I don’t think he’ll dislike me for saying this, he was a young man, he was a baby. But he developed physically, mentally. The first time he introduced himself to the world was the Inter Milan game away in the San Siro, where he scored the most incredible hat-trick. But then he backed it up in the second leg at White Hart Lane, and had as good a game that night. But the performance of Gareth Bale showed everybody what he is capable of. He’s up there with one of the best that I’ve seen with extraordinary things that he could do at such speed.
2019 10 17b Retrieve
[Kane to leave Tottenham for trophies? Spurs legend Clive Allen expects striker to stay] I worked with Ledley King who was an incredible talent and played all his career at Tottenham Hotspur. But in the modern day game, I think the way that things work, Harry is very, very ambitious. He will want to play a career where he has trophies and he’s won competitions. Obviously there will come a point, perhaps, where he decides that may not be at Spurs. But I believe that he believes that it will happen at Tottenham. I think Tottenham are in brilliant shape at the moment.
I know they’ve had a difficult time since the Champions League final, but just to reach the Champions League final was an incredible feat. I do think that Harry’s happy at Spurs and he’ll continue to score goal there for many years to come
2019 11 18 Retrieve
[Clive Allen says Tottenham striker Harry Kane starring as an NFL kicker in the years to come would come as no surprise] Former strikers are the ones that can do it well. Kane has a great interest in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if in years to come he’ll be kicking an NFL football. Knowing Kane - and having worked with him - I know all about his mentality and attitude. I’m sure he could adapt his style to do the job and I wouldn’t put it past him being very successful at it. It’s also not got the physical demands of soccer - kicking at least - so players can go on a little longer
[Allen admits there are certain intricacies that any rookie would need to adjust to] The ball is not necessarily set perfectly when it’s snapped back to you, so you have to adjust - even in your run up. It’s a different technique, certainly from kicking a soccer ball. The NFL ball is remarkably light and deviates a lot. The kicking technique is straight leg, locked knee and pointed toe. And where you strike the ball is really important. It took quite a lot of practice and work for me to hone the skill and make it work
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Clive Allen, who enjoyed a stint in American football at the end of his career, tips Harry Kane to become an NFL kicker] Former strikers are the ones that can do it well. Kane has a great interest in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if in years to come he’ll be kicking an NFL football. Knowing Kane - and having worked with him - I know all about his mentality and attitude. I’m sure he could adapt his style to do the job and I wouldn’t put it past him being very successful at it. It’s also not got the physical demands of soccer - kicking at least - so players can go on a little longer
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Tottenham legend Clive Allen says Tottenham should be looking to bring Gareth Bale back to the club and sign Edinson Cavani as cover for the injured Harry Kane] I think definitely signings will be made. We need to buy someone – one, maybe two – and I think the club will be working tirelessly to do that. I cannot believe Jose Mourinho has come into the football club without asking that question [about signings].
I would bring Gareth back. Whatever has happened at Real Madrid, it still doesn’t seem like that’s changed. Spurs knows Gareth, Gareth knows Spurs, Jose even knows Gareth and I think it would be a fantastic fit. At this stage of his career with what’s happened to him, he’s been so successful at Real Madrid but to come back to London and to Tottenham, and not just a new Tottenham but a Tottenham that has evolved in the years he’s been away, I just think it’s fantastic fit, I really do. And I think he’s still got so much that he can do in the Premier League. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed
[Allen hopes that reports of interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani prove to be correct] I do feel with everything they have in place that Spurs can attract marquee players. They’ve needed that big marquee signing for a while now and Cavani fits that. Yes he’s 32, but he’s been prolific. He stepped into the shoes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, he had to produce and he did. He’s a quality striker, a proven goalscorer and he’d relish the chance of playing in the Premier League with Tottenham. I think he’d be a good fit for Tottenham at this moment in time.
Piatek is 24 but is not necessarily prolific, so it’s massive gamble to bring him in to affect the team and score goals consistently. There’s no return with Cavani financially, you’re paying him to come and produce, while on the other hand Piatek might be an investment. But from a football view Cavani is a better option