Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football FanCast on behalf of GentingBet, believes that Harry Kane is evolving into a world-class all-round centre-forward.
Spurs, of course, have endured a difficult start to the season under Mauricio Pochettino.
They have won three Premier League games but have also lost three and were thumped 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
They got back on track on Tuesday night, however, as they defeated Red Star Belgrade 5-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Kane getting on the scoresheet twice.
Those goals took his tally to the season to nine in 12 games, and Bent has been impressed with the way the striker is developing his game.
Indeed, when playing for England, Kane has dropped a little deeper and turned provider for Gareth Southgate’s men, laying on three assists in the recent 6-0 win over Bulgaria.
And Bent, in an exclusive interview, says that the forward is growing into a truly world-class player in every aspect of his game.
He said: “I think that’s just him. He’s technically very good at holding up the ball and can bring others into play. I think what helps him, particularly for England, is he drops a little deeper because he’s got Sterling or Sancho or Rashford. He can drop a bit deeper to draw one of the centre-halves in behind him and then he can just slip one around the corner or he can play it and someone can put them in.
“I think for Spurs, when you’ve got Son, who’s got a lot of pace and Lucas Moura, they can play a certain way. It’s just the way he’s adapting his game, the older he’s getting, he understands how to play that centre-forward role more.
“He’s well on his way to being one of the best in the world at being an all-round centre-forward because I think, as a goalscorer, he’s right up there with the best of the best in the world and as far as being an all-round centre-forward, he’s on his way to becoming one of the best at that as well.”
Kane has been exceptional for Spurs for quite some time now but he’s now drawing plaudits for other reasons.
Yes, he can hit the back of the net with regularity, but he is also a provider, and he has shown that during his time with the Three Lions.
It makes all the difference to managers knowing that they have multifunctional players at their disposal and Kane is a prime example of exactly that.
He can both win games and provide the chances to win games and one has to feel that there are very few players in world football who are as capable as he is.
He can occupy defenders, pull them into cul-de-sacs and encourage runs from his wingers and now the key for Spurs is harnessing that.
Gareth Southgate has managed it for England; Mauricio Pochettino needs to do it for Tottenham.