Former AC Milan man: Multifaceted Spurs sensation can be world class

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Harry Kane has become a magnet for praise via his outstanding form for Tottenham Hotspur.

Former AC Milan and Portsmouth forward Mark Hateley has tipped Harry Kane for a bright future and compared the Spurs striker to Alan Shearer while speaking with Tuttomercatoweb.

The 21-year-old has shot to prominence under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, sitting third on the Premier League scoring charts with 13 goals.

  TeamGoalsGoals MINSAppearancesMins Played
Diego Costa Chelsea 17 94.24 19 1,602
Sergio Agüero Man City 16 88.31 20 1,413
Harry Kane Tottenham 13 110.08 21 1,431

Only Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero have hit the back of the net on more occasions in the top flight this term than the Englishman, who also boasts five Europa League strikes.

Kane’s defining moment came as he hit a brace past Arsenal to lead Spurs to a comeback victory against their arch-rivals in the North London derby under a fortnight ago.

And even before the academy graduate’s heroics against the Gunners, Tottenham saw fit to tie down the burgeoning star to a contract extension running until 2020 earlier this month.

His exploits have reportedly even drawn the interest of Real Madrid, said by the Daily Mail to already have scouted Kane on three separate occasions, monitoring him for the future.

But the Englishman has received even greater – and more direct – compliments from the likes of former Spurs star Clive Allen and Newcastle boss John Carver.

Allen told BBC Radio 5 Live in January that he believes Kane can eclipse Shearer’s Premier League goal record while Carver compared him to the ex-Newcastle striker.

One-time Milan hit man Hateley has concurred in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb, even going a step further in his assessment of Kane.

Hateley said: “I agree one hundred per cent [that Kane is the best English centre forward since Shearer]. Harry has important qualities and I believe that makes for a good attacker.

“He’s an all-around forward. He has important qualities, aerial technique and in front of goal to balance the play of the squad. He is exceptional.

“If this continues, as he is developing at the moment, he could become a world class player and also an important weapon, finally, for England.”

  PositionTeamChances CreatedHeaded Duels WonSuccessful DribblesTackles WonAppearancesMinutes Played
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 17 29 30 18 21 1,431

Kane, whose statistics outside of scoring this term show the well-rounded player Hateley spoke of, is still awaiting his first call for the senior England side.

However, Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has already strongly insinuated to the BBC that the Spurs starlet will be picked for the next squad to face Lithuania and Italy next month.

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