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Clive Allen: 'Kane has class to bring Cup home'


Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Harry Kane can cement his place as a firm favourite among Tottenham fans by shooting down Chelsea in the League Cup final, according to Clive Allen.

The 21-year-old striker has been in scintillating form for Mauricio Pochettino's side and their hopes of beating their London rivals for a first trophy since these two met in the same competition in 2008 arguably hang on the shoulders of the local boy.

Having come through the ranks at Tottenham, Kane has endeared himself to Spurs' fan-base - with the goals he has scored simply improving his stock.

Two of those 24 goals came in a memorable 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year's Day and Allen believes that will give Kane the belief to fire Tottenham to League Cup glory.

"Obviously he will have great confidence going into the game," Allen said.

"It was an outstanding performance, not only from Harry but from the whole team - it was a big game and probably the first time that Spurs have dismantled Chelsea in the way that they did.

"They will have confidence going in on the back of that."

Allen worked with Kane during the striker's youth career at Tottenham and the 53-year-old, who was a prolific forward during his own stint at the club in the 1980s, knew there was a budding talent in the waiting.

"Having worked with him when he first came into the club you could see he was a talent," he said. "He knew and worked on his deficiencies, he had a great attitude towards his work and always had a natural gift for getting into the right positions to score goals.

"He improved his finishing and his technical ability over a period and thoroughly deserves to get to where he has got. It has happened quicker than probably even he anticipated, in respect that it has been a meteoric rise in the last couple of years.

"He is a great lad and with the attitude and mind he has he can go from strength to strength and get even better - as he matures he will definitely get better."