Kane was sensational against West Ham – brace could and should have been more

At this point, declaring Harry Kane to be a top-class striker isn’t exactly fresh news. The Tottenham Hotspur forward has been discussed in that bracket ever since the end of his breakthrough season in the first team at White Hart Lane.

Yet, it still feels as if the England international has kicked it up a notch this season, or at least since the start of September following another barren August – over the last three-and-a-half weeks he’s bagged eight goals for club and country.

That includes two goals against West Ham on Saturday that provided yet another example of how Kane’s game has reached a higher gear this season, not least because he could have finished the match with double that tally after twice hitting the woodwork.

We all know how clinical and well-varied a finisher Kane is, something that shone at the London Stadium as he applied the goal-scoring touches to two incisive Tottenham breakaways with firstly a header and then a deft finish on the rebound.

But it was also the manner in which he took the game to West Ham, constantly pressuring their backline by threatening the space behind them and using smart movement that blurred the line between onside and offside – to the point that the Irons’ defenders had no chance of keeping up with him.

The 24-year-old is unquestionably one of the top strikers in Europe right now, but 2017/18 could well be the season that sees him move up into the next category of indisputably world class that beckons discussions of the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

In any case, Tottenham’s opponents will fear for their chances of stopping him in the coming weeks.