Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is a similar player to Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta.
The Spurs ace has enjoyed a staggering breakthrough season, notching almost 30 goals for the London club despite starting the campaign as third choice behind Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.
He has also won recognition on the international stage and netted on his debut for the Three Lions – within two minutes of coming on against Lithuania – before being handed a first start against Italy earlier this week.
His all-action playing style has won Kane many fans, with Pochettino, his manager, firmly in the camp of his admirers.
And the Argentine believes that his forward is not dissimilar to Batistuta, who is considered to be one of his country’s best ever strikers and a Serie A champion:
“Harry Kane has skills that are similar to different players, including Batistuta. The challenge is doing it all again next season,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“Now it is up to him. Harry knows the way to improve his ability. He is in a very good moment to keep working hard and develop his game.
“You need to wait for the right moment to give a player the responsibility because sometimes we can see a player is ready, but not quite complete to assume the responsibility and keep the same level.
“Big players always have a good first season – like (Wayne) Rooney, after his first season a lot of people maybe had doubts about the next one, but this is football.
“It is not easy when the player goes down, this is our challenge, but not only with Harry, with all players.
“There may be people who doubt him about next season, but the people that know him understand, like us, know that Harry can keep the level he has shown.”
Kane is one of a few players in the mix for the Player of the Year award after banging 19 Premier League goals – the joint highest tally in the division.