Tottenham legend hails Spurs striker's performance against Besiktas

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Les Ferdinand reserved particular praise for Harry Kane after witnessing the striker's performance in Thursday night's 1-1 Europa League draw at home to Besiktas.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Les Ferdinand has hailed Harry Kane’s performance in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League home draw with Besiktas.

The promising striker opened the scoring in the 27th-minute of their second Group C matchup when he surged forward before firing a low shot past keeper Tolga Zengin from the edge of the box.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were denied the three points at the death, however, after Vlad Chiriches handled in the area to allow former Chelsea man Demba Ba to covert an 89th-minute spot-kick for the Turkish club past Hugo Lloris.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old front man was a clear bright spot on the night as arguably the team’s top outfield performer, thriving in a deeper role the lineup, and his former coach has backed him to build on his impressive outing going forward.

‘All evening Harry was busy. He was looking to get on the ball, he was dropping deep when he wasn’t getting it and he was looking to make things happen all game,’ he told ITV.

‘It was a great strike off his weaker left foot which he drilled into the back of the net.

‘A little while later he had a header which just went over the bar, and then he had a shot that the goalkeeper somehow got to. It was a really encouraging performance.’

The goal was Kane’s fourth in eight matches this season, having scored in both legs of the Europa League qualifier against AEL Limassol, as well as in last week’s 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

The England under-21 international is still to make an impact in the Premier League, however, featuring in just 39 minutes over three cameo appearances so far.

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