Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela has been hitting the headlines today, and rightly so.
The Argentina international’s first goal against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League Group C clash at White Hart Lane on Thursday was genuinely world class.
However, there was another Spurs hero on the night who has perhaps gone a bit underappreciated. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick for the Premier League outfit in their 5-1 win and made a case for himself why he should start more regularly.
The 21-year-old England Under-21 international forward has perhaps not been as hailed as some of his compatriots, until now.
‘Harry is an unbelievable player and now the fans are starting to see it, but me I can see it every day in training’, Goal.com quotes Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as telling the club’s official website. ‘I’m a defender, he’s a striker, I’ve trained against him so many times and he’s a very, very difficult striker to defend against.
‘For me, with his attitude, he can be one of the best centre-forwards in the world one day. He has a spirit you can compare to [Cristiano] Ronaldo and he works every day.
‘He’s a top professional, I love working with him and I hope one day he can make his debut maybe in the England squad, because I think he’s one of the best already’.
Belgium international Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and a 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists, which means that his lofty praise for Kane should not be brushed aside.
Kane has been on the books of Tottenham since 2009 and has made good progress over the past few seasons. At 21, he has time on his hand to improve and develop his game further.
Of course, Kane is not ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’, but if he continues to work hard and is given more chances by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, then he can certainly showcase his talent more.
And that is what former Sunderland and Liverpool defender Phil Babb wants Pochettino to do: start Kane more often in the Premier League.
‘He only features sporadically in the Premier League’, he told Sky Sports. ‘I think after that performance he should (start more). He has proved that he has got the quality and that he can score goals. I think he deserves a shot to start’.
Perhaps Kane will be handed a Premier League start against Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
|Goals||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Chances created||Total Dribbles||Dribbles Won||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Harry Kane (2014-15)||0||1||0||1||3||1||24||17||4||40|