Former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has urged caution in his BleacherReport column in relation to Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Collymore has admitted that he thinks Kane is ‘a wonderful striker’ but has suggested it’s important the hype surrounding him doesn’t grow too strong.
“When you're an English footballer doing well in the Premier League, the way the 24-hour media is now, you will be made out to be 20 to 30 per cent better than you are,” wrote Collymore.
“All I've heard this week is comparisons between Harry Kane and Alan Shearer. The only comparison is they play in the same position.”
“If Roberto Soldado and Paulinho had worked at Spurs, Kane and Ryan Mason probably wouldn't have had their opportunity.”
Kane has 23 goals in all competitions for the club this season, but a challenge he’s going to face when he’s in the England team and looking ahead to next season, is replicating that form across an extended period.
He’s the Premier League’s top attacking player at the moment, but for him to step up to an even higher level under Mauricio Pochettino, he’s got to do the business consistently over many seasons.
Credit has to go to the boss and the club for giving him the chance to play in the side.
Roberto Soldado had plenty of chances over the first half of the season to come into the team and lead the attack effectively and in the home win against Everton where he scored, he looked like the real deal.
However, Kane has overtaken him and left him for dead because he’s taken his chances and has scored important goals in big games.
Providing he stays injury and suspension free, Kane could be the man who wins the League Cup for Tottenham and fires them into the top four, but he’s no longer a young fringe player and has become the player opposition teams try to take out of a game.
His challenge is to stay effective in the face of those tactics.