Former Newcastle and England captain Alan Shearer has been full of praise of praise for Harry Kane over the course of the season, but told the premierleague.com that he believes Diego Costa has been the best forward in the Premier League this season.
In an interview with the league's official website, the reigning Premier League top goalscorer gave his verdict on the current top four highest goalscorers in the division - Kane, Costa, Sergio Aguero and Charlie Austin.
After pondering between a trio of Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Diego Costa, Shearer said it was a hard call to make between the latter two, but went for the Chelsea man who is currently joint-top with Aguero as the division's top goalscorer.
"I've been most impressed with Harry Kane, but to pick one of out of those four is hard,'' admitted Shearer.
''I’d probably go for one of the three in Kane, Aguero and Costa. If I was really forced to choose one I’d have to go for Costa. I love his battling qualities as well as his ability to score goals and so I’d love to have him in my team."
Shearer, who scored 260 goals in the Premier League during his career, went on to suggest Kane could be England's number 9 for the next decade and confirmed his admiration for his playing style.
Although the top three were always going to be favourite, he did point out that while Kane, Costa and Aguero had been scoring goals in dominant sides that create a lot of chances, Austin had got himself into the top four in a side that looks like they could be playing second-tier football again next season.
"The good thing about Austin is that, not only has he come from a non-league background, but he's achieved his high number of goals playing in a struggling team,'' praised Shearer. ''All the other strikers we have looked at, they're all in good teams who make chances, who are creating five or six chances a game for their strikers.''
Nevertheless, the decision to name Costa as this season's best striker seems a legitimate one given the impact he has made at Stamford Bridge, and the club's current position in the league table.
The Spurs forward could go on to prove Shearer wrong by firing the goals that wins a top four spot for the North London side and take the glory by picking up the Golden Boot award at the end of the season.