Former Premier League full-back Danny Mills believes Harry Kane has a similar stature at Tottenham Hotspur to that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi.
The defender was speaking on Stadium Astro in a discussion about Heung-min Son and how he fares with an without the England captain.
Darren Bent said that he thought Son becomes ‘restricted’ when Kane plays, which then prompted Mills to make the comparison.
He said: “Whenever you play with a superstar player, as one of the ‘lesser’ players you’re going ‘right, I need to give it to him’. And I think sometimes there is that focus – Harry Kane’s available, let’s give it to him.
“But actually, when Harry Kane’s not, Son’s equally as good in a different way so maybe he gets more of the ball. Maybe players look for him first and that gives him that fraction more time on the ball.
“I think that’s what it is, you can’t help it. When players play with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], or [Lionel] Messi – whoever it is, you’re instant thought is give it to them.”
Kane is certainly a superstar – his superb goalscoring record over the last few years and vastly improved all-round game confirms that.
But Son is rapidly becoming a superstar in his own right, and does get a fair amount of the ball even when Kane is also playing.
Pep Guardiola once branded Spurs ‘the Harry Kane team’ (Sky Sports), but these days – as good as the striker is – there is much more of a balance about Mauricio Pochettino’s team in terms of an even spread of quality and Son in particular is able to hold a candle to the 25-year-old.