Championship goalkeeper compares Tottenham star to former Manchester United teammate

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton compares Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has explained to The Times how Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is similar to former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Van Nistelrooy was on the books of United from 2001 to 2006 and is considered as one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history.

The former Netherlands international was a real goal poacher and consistently found the net for the Red Devils, and Heaton, who worked with the ex-Real Madrid star at Old Trafford, sees some similarities between him and Kane.

“The standard of centre forwards is very good, Harry Kane, especially,” the 30-year-old goalkeeper told The Times while discussing the strikers in the England squad. “His finishing, left and right foot, massively impressed me.

“As third-choice goalie at United I did a lot of finishing with Ruud van Nistelrooy. I can see a lot of his traits in Harry, finding the corner with his laces, a lot of power, borderline impossible for a goalkeeper to stop.

“Harry’s goal the other day on the turn for England [in Berlin] was outstanding, and didn’t surprise me, given what I’ve seen in training. It was an incredible experience being in Berlin.”

Kane has scored 22 goals and created 40 chances in 33 Premier League appearances for Tottenham so far this season.

The England international striker has a pass accuracy of 73% and a shot accuracy of 63%, and has won 65 headers, 42 dribbles and 22 tackles.

During the 2014-15 campaign, the 22-year-old scored 21 goals and created 27 chances in 34 Premier League matches for Spurs.

Tottenham are second in the Premier League table at the moment with 65 points from 33 matches, seven points behind leaders Leicester City.

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