Former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has admitted on Sky Sports that he did not expect Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to progress the way he has this season.
Iceland international Gudjohnsen, who is currently at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, trained with Kane during a loan spell at Tottenham from AS Monaco in 2010.
The 36-year-old, a Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2009, has conceded that he did not think much of the England international at the time.
However, Gudjohnsen now rates the 21-year-old highly and believes that his finishing is “exceptional”.
“He was 16 or 17 when I was there,” the former Stoke City man told Sky Sports on Sunday. “He was training with the first team on a couple of occasions.
“And I will be honest. I didn’t see what he would develop into at this stage of his career. I just didn’t see the natural ability.
“A few years later what you see if someone who works very hard, whose finishing is exceptional, and who has got the desire to score goals.”
Kane is enjoying a breakthrough season at Tottenham and has been one of the best players in the Premier League.
The youngster recently won the PFA Young Player of the Year award and has been the best outfield player for Spurs this campaign.
Kane has scored 20 goals and created 27 chances in 31 Premier League appearances this campaign, while having a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 59%.
The youngster may not be a ‘genius’, but he has scored goals regularly, helped out his team by dropping to midfield and worked exceptionally hard.