Thursday 21 September 2017

'Legend' Kane one of the best in the world - Pochettino

Tottenham 4 Stoke City 0

Stoke City's Joe Allen (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Victor Wanyama (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Steven Paston/PA Wire
Stoke City's Joe Allen (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Victor Wanyama (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Matt Law

Maybe it is because he does not court controversy. Maybe it is because he does not sulk and blame his team-mates when things go wrong. Or maybe it is because he did not cost Tottenham Hotspur a penny.

Whatever the reason, it is time to acknowledge that Harry Kane is not just 'one of their own'. He is one of the very best - up there with Chelsea's Diego Costa and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with Stoke City's Phil Bardsley. Photo: Reuters / Peter Cziborra
Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with Stoke City's Phil Bardsley. Photo: Reuters / Peter Cziborra

Kane was the Premier League's top scorer last season, was second in the charts the previous campaign and is now leading the way, along with Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, once again.

With every goal, the evidence that Kane is top class just keeps building. His first against Stoke at White Hart Lane was his 100th at club level and his third completed his third hat-trick in nine games.

The second was the pick of the bunch, a superb left-foot volley from Christian Eriksen's corner that had manager Mauricio Pochettino high-fiving his assistant Jesus Perez.

Successive

Kane is the first Tottenham player since Jimmy Greaves to net 20 goals or more in three successive seasons and Pochettino says he is already taking on legendary status.

Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama. Photo: Reuters / Peter Cziborra
Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama. Photo: Reuters / Peter Cziborra

"Harry has the profile to be a legend," said Pochettino. "Maybe he's starting to be a legend with the goals he's scoring and the way he behaves. He is so professional. He has the perfect profile to be a legend here."

Asked if he is a manager's dream, Pochettino added: "Sometimes he argues with me. Sometimes he's upset with me. Sometimes happy. He has a strong character. I've said many times, he is, for me, one of the best strikers in the world."

Kane was pleased to bounce back following Tottenham's midweek Europa League exit and is now targeting another century of goals.

"We wanted to come out and get back to winning ways," Kane said. "I got told before the game on Thursday that I was on 99 club goals and it was nice to get obviously the first and a couple more. Hopefully another hundred within the next few years."

Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in action with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in action with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez

Nobody would have blamed Kane if he had attempted to net his fourth on the stroke of half-time after he had brilliantly got away from Bruno Martins. But, instead of shooting, he squared the ball for Alli to give his team-mate the simple task of ending a six-game scoring drought.

The goal was a timely boost for Alli, who had received criticism for the horror challenge that earned his red card against Gent. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Stoke City's Peter Crouch in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Stoke City's Peter Crouch in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez

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