Saturday 21 April 2018

Kane ready and able to do even better for Spurs this season

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that Harry Kane can become one of the best strikers in the world
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that Harry Kane can become one of the best strikers in the world

Matt Law

Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane can prove himself to be one of the best strikers in the world and insists that Tottenham Hotspur can match his ambitions.

Kane is preparing to better his incredible personal achievements of last season, when he scored 31 goals for Spurs and attracted the interest of Manchester United.

Tottenham face United at Old Trafford in their first Premier League game of the season on Saturday lunchtime, having failed with a request to get the match moved to Sunday because of their participation in this week's Audi Cup tournament.

Kane is already rated in the £40m bracket, but Pochettino is confident the 22-year-old will cope with all the expectation and get even better.

"Harry can manage this pressure," said Pochettino.

"He is young, but he is very mature. He is in a very good way to become one of the best strikers in the world."

When asked to clarify if he meant that Kane could be one of the best strikers in the world, Pochettino added: "Yes. If you can do it in England and Europe, you are doing it in the best competitions in the world."

Should Kane live up to Poch-ettino's expectations, then United will no doubt face competition for his signature from the likes of Real Madrid, who Spurs face in the Audi Cup tomorrow night here.

But Pochettino insisted: "Harry's excited to start the season with us. Any doubts about his commitment are gone, he is delighted to stay with Tottenham. He is a big supporter of the club. I think he is very happy and we are very happy he is with us.

"I think that we have very ambitious players now, the younger ones in the group, like Harry Kane. We need to keep this mentality. We try to build the tough group and very strong group for the next few years to try and achieve important things."

Kane returned to pre-season training with Tottenham late after representing England in the European U-21 Championship, but he is fit to start the new season.

Tottenham will rely heavily on Kane again, particularly with Emmanuel Adebayor still hoping to finalise his loan move to Aston Villa and Villarreal working on a deal for Roberto Soldado.

Neither player, along with out-of-favour Aaron Lennon, travelled to Munich with the Spurs squad.

"I think that we don't have any doubts about Harry Kane showing the same performances," said Pochettino. "After the Euros, he came late, but we aren't worried about that. He is good shape and ready to compete next season. He has a very tough mentality."

As well as hanging on to Kane, Tottenham have also so far managed to repel interest from United in goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who broke a wrist in a freak accident over the summer.

Lloris is unlikely to be fit for the United match, with Pochettino revealing that the Frenchman won't resume training properly again until later this week.

"We are happy that Hugo is our player and that was never in doubt," said Pochettino. "His wrist was an accident. He broke it close to the swimming pool. It was unlucky because he's a 'keeper.

"In terms of Saturday, it's tough. It's not easy because we do a lot of work on physical condition. But maybe this week he will start to catch the ball.

"Maybe it's early to think he will play on Saturday, but maybe he has a small chance. We don't decide yet."

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