This season may be Tottenham Hotspur’s now or never moment to win a trophy after Paul Merson claimed there is “nobody in the world” like Harry Kane.
Speaking with Sky Sports, former Arsenal striker Merson has been in awe of Kane’s ability, having seen the England captain take his game to a new level under Jose Mourinho by not only being one of the top strikers in the world but also one of the best creators in the world.
Kane has enjoyed a thunderous start to the 2020/21 campaign with 13 goals in all competitions but has also registered 11 assists in those 15 appearances, including a haul of four against Southampton alone when he turned provider for a Heung-Min Son masterclass.
No player in the Premier League has assisted (9) as many goals as Kane this term, who also ranks sixth in the division for key passes (19) and is first for shots taken (38), per WhoScored.
Kane’s ability to thrive in two key positions under Mourinho has left Merson in absolute awe, placing the breathtaking wonder in a class of his own.
“I just struggle with words to describe him,” Merson said. “He is not far off the best player in the world. And this is the reason: you have got players like Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Sergio Aguero, Robbie Fowler, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Jamie Vardy. All top, top drawer centre-forwards. Harry Kane is one of them, and then Harry Kane goes and plays where Kevin De Bruyne plays, where Eric Cantona played, where Dennis Bergkamp played, and he does it just as well.
“Name me one player in the world who can be a No. 9, score goals, hold the ball up, be strong, and then go and play No. 10 and put 60-yard balls through the eye of a needle, or run at the ball with pace with defenders all around you before picking out a ball to assist. There’s nobody in the world like him. There’s no other player in the world who can be as good as a No. 9 and as good as a No 10.
“I don’t think there ever has. Lionel Messi cannot go up front, hold the ball up, bring people into play, and then score bundles of goals, and then go and play No. 10 in the same game. He’s a No. 10. Kane can do both. I cannot believe what I see with Kane. Some of the passes, crosses, they are Kevin De Bruyne! Harry Kane has started to do what Kevin De Bruyne does!”
Kane’s jaw-dropping start to the season helped Tottenham sit top of the Premier League table heading into matchday 10, with the second-best scoring offence (21 goals) and as one of just three sides to win six of their opening nine fixtures.
But Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy must be aware of the threat Kane’s form presents as the 27-year-old was not afraid to suggest he could leave north London this summer, stating he could move on to fulfil desires of winning silverware sooner rather than later.
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better,” Kane said, via quotes by BBC Sport. “I want to become a top, top player. It’s not a definite: ‘I’m going to stay there forever.’ But it’s not a ‘no’ either.
“I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of those things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it.”
Madrid will be expected to be in a far better financial position in a year’s time, so may be able to meet Levy’s demands next summer, making this season a now or never moment for Mourinho to deliver silverware in north London.