Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has compared in-form striker Harry Kane to his old Argentine international team-mate and striking legend Gabriel Batistuta, the Daily Mirror reports.
The 21-year-old, who scored on his England debut in the recent international break to continue his remarkable form in front of goal this season, has earned great praise for his recent displays, but has also been questioned over his longevity, and whether or not he’ll prove to just be a one-season wonder.
Pochettino has dismissed these fears, saying it is normal to question a player when they first break onto the scene, and hailing Kane’s superb talent as one that is now proven at the top level after a sustained run of form in the Tottenham first-team.
“Big players always have a good first season – like [Wayne] Rooney. After his first season, a lot of people maybe had doubts about the next one but this is football,” the 43-year-old said.
“People have doubts, this is what it is like. He [Kane] is a reality. There may be people who doubt him about next season but the people that know him understand, like us, that Harry can keep the level he has shown. He has skills that are similar to different players, including Batistuta.”
Batistuta was one of the finest strikers of his generation at his peak, scoring 297 career goals at club level along with 56 strikes in 78 appearances for the Argentina national team, where he played alongside current Spurs boss Pochettino.