Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has labelled Tottenham’s Harry Kane as ‘the best striker in the world’, as he told his pre-match press conference.
The Leeds hitman spoke about how ‘crisp’ Kane’s shooting has been in England training, after playing alongside the Tottenham man for only ‘one hour’ yesterday.
Kane is, of course, ahead of the Leeds number nine in the pecking order for the Three Lions and he will be expected to start England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Thursday.
Although, following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and subsequent withdrawal, this pushes Bamford closer to earning those first minutes in the colours of his country.
And this is what the former Chelsea academy product had to say about Kane after getting to train with him for the first time.
“To be honest, I haven’t really modelled by game on Harry,” said Bamford. “He’s the best striker, for me, probably the best striker in the world.
“But there are certain aspects where I look up to him and see that I can improve on by watching him.
“Even today in training, we maybe only trained only for an hour, but it’s how kind of crisp the contacts with the ball are when he is finishing and stuff like that.
“But I don’t know whether our games are as similar as people make out because sometimes I am running in behind a lot more and there are different aspects of it. Yes, there are definitely things I can learn from him.”
The one similarity between Kane and Bamford is the path they have gone down in order to get where they are today.
The duo had to fight it off and try to silence a lot of critics during their days in England’s lower leagues.
And whilst those noises continued even when they were given a shot in the Premier League, by the time they started putting the ball into the back of the net, those opinions quickly changed.
For Kane, it was getting pushed by Tim Sherwood and then thriving under Mauricio Pochettino’s stewardship, whilst Bamford showcased what he was all about last season.