Pochettino: Tottenham star Harry Kane has contributed more than Eden Hazard

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino feels Harry Kane should win the player of the year prizes.

It came as little surprise when Harry Kane or Eden Hazard were named in the PFA Player of the Year short list earlier this week.

Now Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been explaining, quoted by The Guardian, why his player Harry Kane is more deserving of the award. 

He claims that Kane's surprise factor and overall contribution to the league is ultimately greater than Hazard.

He said: “I think that Hazard is a very good player, he’s fantastic, a great player, but the impact that Harry has had on English football is massive.

“Maybe the impact is bigger than Hazard and his performances. Everyone knew that Hazard is a brilliant player.

“But I think not too many people expected that Harry Kane would show the performances that he has this season. This is the difference, I believe."

Kane was regarded as Tottenham's third choice striker at the start of this season, and has become not only their top scorer, but the joint Premier League golden boot leader, level on 19 goals with Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa.

His breakthrough has been cited by FA chairman Greg Dyke as an example to young players everywhere, that they can emulate his success, even when it may have seemed unlikely.

Kane is a player whose success is not attributed to any stand out physical talent such as his pace or even flashy tricks which make him a joy to watch like Hazard, but instead hard work and refinement of his finishing ability through hours spent on the training ground.

You won't find many Chelsea fans agreeing with Pochettino, but then again it would have been wrong to expect the Argentine to tip Hazard to win the award too.

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