Merson says Tottenham star Harry Kane could be 50% worse, he would still rate him

Paul Merson says his Arsenal connections do not stop him rating Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane highly.

Paul Merson says he believes Harry Kane's season will be a success even if he only scores half as many goals for Tottenham Hotspur as he did last season.

Kane struck 30 times in all competitions for his club in 2014/15, but is yet to get off the mark this time around.

He was able to offer a timely reminder of his ability to his doubters, netting for England on international duty, and Merson says fans and pundits need to relax expectations around the striker.

He sold SkySports: "If I'm being honest, he might not get 30 goals again, people need to understand that, but if he gets 15 goals and keeps showing the potential he has then he will turn out to be a top-drawer player in the long run.

"That's coming from a former Arsenal player! I'm a big fan of his."

Merson is not usually enthusiastic about Tottenham, let alone defending them, but his comments regarding Kane are quite sensible.

Expecting Kane to be quite as prolific as he was last season is a big ask, and his slow start this time around reflects the challenge he has, especially after a busy summer with friendly matches and international games.

The former Gunners midfielder has backed Spurs to beat Sunderland 2-1 this weekend, adding that he believes Kane will be crucial to the club recording their first league victory of the season.

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