Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should be classed in the same bracket as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Kane’s hat-trick against Southampton on Boxing Day took the England international onto 56 goals in 52 games for club and country in 2017.
The striker managed more goals in 2017 than Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst he broke Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year, having netted 39 to Shearer’s 36, which was a record that had been in place since 1995.
Kane has been widely praised following his exploits, and pundit Wilkins has insisted that the 24-year-old should now be considered in the same bracket as a certain Messi.
Wilkins told Sky Sports News:
“I think we get a little bit worried when it’s one of our own, to put them up at that level. But I certainly would.
“For Messi to score 54 goals playing for Barcelona in Spain, an inferior league, and then all of a sudden Harry is getting 56 – it’s a phenomenal achievement.
“Harry finishes off both feet, he scores with his head, and he doesn’t miss many games. I think we can start putting him in that bracket.”
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been credited with an interest in Kane, who has scored 96 Premier League goals in 132 appearances for Spurs.
Kane’s record stands at 24 in 24 club games in all competitions this season, meanwhile, and he is well on course to break his best-ever campaign in terms of goals.