Scholes: Spurs star avoided Diego Costa pitfall, reminds me of Van Nistelrooy

Paul Scholes has praised Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Former Manchester United striker Paul Scholes has told The Independent that Harry Kane reminds him of one of his former teammates.

The ex-England international says he was particularly impressed with Kane's goal at Anfield in midweek, his 23rd in all competitions, and the lethal way he took his goal, emphasising he has the cool head needed to be relied upon in big matches.

Coming just days after his game-winning brace in the North London derby, it has been a big week for the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Scholes said: "He does not have a standout quality but scores highly across a number of categories. The more I watch him, the more I appreciate his temperament.

"His finishing reminds me of Ruud van Nistelrooy. The thing about Ruud was he never wanted to give the goalkeeper a sniff of saving it. Kane is the same."

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals across five seasons for Manchester United, and was regarded in the early 2000s as the most clinical finisher from inside the penalty area in the Premier League.

His most prolific season came in 2002/03, when he scored 25 Premier League goals, and 44 in all competitions.

Spurs fans will simply hope he does not make the same exit route as the Dutchman, who left United to join La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2006, where he won two titles.

Scholes also praised Kane for not falling into the same trap as Diego Costa, as when the Spanish international went up against defender Martin Skrtel recently, and lost focus.

"Martin Skrtel is good at rattling the opposing centre-forward. He did it to a player as experienced as Diego Costa and got a reaction out of him.

"Yet Kane never reacted to Skrtel once, and never looked like doing so."

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