Former West Ham United manager Alan Pardew has boldly claimed that Dean Ashton was as good as Harry Kane during his playing days.
Kane is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in England having netted 26 goals in all competitions, 20 of which have come in the Premier League.
Ashton never quite hit the same heights as the Tottenham Hotspur forward as his career was cut short early in 2009 when he was just 26 due to the effects of a detrimental ankle injury.
Pardew signed Ashton in January 2006 during his three-year spell as West Ham manager, and in that time the Hammers reached the FA Cup final.
Ashton scored in the game, but he ended up being on the losing side as Liverpool sealed it 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time.
While appearing on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Pardew spoke of similarities between the ex-West Ham forward and current Tottenham hitman.
“I’ve had some fantastic players and great pros, but Dean Ashton just really fills me with such regret. When we signed him I didn’t think he was as good as he was. He could do everything.
“When you compare him to Harry Kane, he was as quick as Harry Kane, left foot, right foot, but he was better in the air than Harry Kane – and I think England, possibly, with the midfield we had with Stevie [Steven] Gerrard and Frankie [Frank] Lampard, he [Ashton] could have won us something.
“All the ingredients were there and that horrible injury suffered with England, at he height of his powers, took away a fantastic career.”