Friedel, Murphy comment on Harry Kane: A true finisher, he is one of the best

Match of the Day pundits Brad Friedel and Danny Murphy heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane after his late winner won Spurs all three points against Aston Villa.

On Sunday, Harry Kane, after dropping to the bench once again for a Premier League game, put himself in the headlines after coming on in the 58th minute to net a late winner against Aston Villa. 

Andreas Weimann put Villa ahead with just 16 minutes on the clock, ending their horrendous goal drought, but the home side didn't have the legs to stop Tottenham snatching the late victory. 

Nacer Chadli levelled matters with just six minutes of normal time remaining thanks to a well-worked corner, before Harry Kane left a stunned Villa Park in silence with his first Premier League goal. 

After the match, the talk regarding Spurs was largely based around on why the talented England striker didn't start in the first place, especially considering his good form. 

When the Match of the Day 2 panel - Brad Friedel and Danny Murphy - were asked, they agreed with the views of supporters and suggested he is ready for a more regular role at White Hart Lane.  

''Yeah, I would think so,'' Friedel commented when asked whether Kane will get a chance for a regular place in the Tottenham side. 

''I've played with many strikers in my career and Harry Kane is up there, as a true finisher, among one of the best.

''He has every type of finish in him: He's good with his head, he's good with his side foot, he's got the dink, he's got the power, he's got the free-kick, he's got all that in his locker and on top of that he's a humble kid. 

''He works really hard. Every day he's always wanting to do more and more finishing. 

''His time will come.''

The glowing endorsement of Kane made by Friedel isn't breaking news and on many occasions the American has sounded the young talent out as Spurs's best finisher. However, to say he is up there with the best he has seen, is another level altogether. 

Friedel, who has spent time at Newcastle United, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in England, will have played with some of the Premier League's top strikers and played against many of them too.

At Newcastle United, Friedel will have played with a true Premier League great in Andrew Cole during the pinnacle of his career. At Liverpool, he will have played with both Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen during their golden years. And later into his career, he will still have played with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, John Carew and Jermaine Defoe, so it shows Friedel rates Kane in the highest possible regard. 

On another side of Kane, Danny Murphy added: "Brad talks a lot about his technical qualities, but his hunger and his passion; he doesn't stop. 

''I played against him once, he was on-loan at Leicester, and he did really well. 

''I remember running into him a few times, he's a big, strong boy as well. He seems to have all the physical attributes as well.

''When you run around and put yourself about and you make yourself a nuisance, and score a couple, you're going to be a fans favourite.''

Following his impressive performances in the cup competitions, including the Europa League, Tottenham fans had been out in force on social networking sites hoping to see the 21-year-old play, but were left disappointed when the matchday staring XI v Aston Villa was released.

Nevertheless, after coming on and scoring the winner, he will have surely put himself in the frame for a starting place against Stoke in the Premier League in a weeks time. Although, considering Tottenham face a tricky away match to Asteras Tripolis on Thursday, he could well find himself back on cup duty and rested when the next league game comes around. 

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch