Stats: Pochettino talks-up Kane but how does he compare to Welbeck?

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Harry Kane, but is he a superior option to Danny Welbeck at Manchester United?

On the same week where Danny Welbeck flopped for Manchester United in the 4-0 second round League Cup loss against MK Dons, Tottenham Hotspur prospect Harry Kane starred in the 3-0 aggregate victory over AEL Limassol in the Europa League.

Welbeck's rating was a standard two and a half star performance as the Englishman threatened from the start but, as the game wore on, his effectiveness ebbed as poor passing all around him saw his efforts fail.

Kane should have scored from the spot for Spurs last night, Thursday, but the powerful forward amended his wrongs by opening his account with a calm finish just before the break.

Like Welbeck, he is a lively operator up front with good running and a blue-collar work-rate.

On the 21-year-old's performance, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "I have always believed in Harry since the first day.

"I think it is possible to miss penalties, but it is not important… that is football," he added.

"He found a way to score, to play and did not let it affect his performance. It was good.

"He showed character and personality. He has a very strong mind and Harry is a very good player, too."

 2013-14 Premier League ClubMins / ShotShot Acc% of Goals / ShotGoalsMins / GoalsMins / Chance CreatedAssistAppsMins
Welbeck United 31.72 41.30% 19.57% 9 162.11 112.23 1 25 1,459
Kane Spurs 17.82 42.86% 10.71% 3 166.33 71.29 0 10 499

Transfer rumours link Welbeck with Spurs but, even if it is on a loan basis, wouldn't the addition of the Manchester United forward hinder Kane's development from an obvious talent with steep upward career trajectory into established senior level star?

Last season, Welbeck competed in almost three times as much first-team football in the Premier League, but on a minutes per average, it was Kane who dispatched a shot more frequently, created more goal-scoring opportunities while the pair shared a similar statistic in terms of shooting accuracy and minutes per goal scored.

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