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‘It wasn’t clear’: Chris Wood says he’s really surprised to see how good ‘fantastic’ Tottenham star has become
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‘It wasn’t clear’: Chris Wood says he’s really surprised to see how good ‘fantastic’ Tottenham star has become

Newcastle United striker Chris Wood has admitted that he’s really surprised to see how good Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has become. 

The pair played together for a brief spell at Leicester City while Kane spent the second-half of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at the King Power Stadium. 

Kane struggled to make an impact for the Foxes, scoring just two goals in 15 appearances before returning to north London. 

But he began to find his feet at Tottenham the following season, particularly in the Europa League. 

Now, the 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. But Wood has admitted Kane’s rise to the top of football has surprised him, despite witnessing his ‘class’ in training. 

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Wood surprised to see how good Kane has become

Wood has been speaking to Eurosport as part of a new Warner Bros. Discovery series, World at their Feet.

The Newcastle striker feels Kane could become the best striker in Premier League history but says ‘it wasn’t clear’ that he would go on to achieve what he has.

He said: “He had all the ability in the world. Left foot, right foot, finishing was a joke. He was class like that. It was then putting it into game situations for him. 

“I think when he went back from Leicester was when it clicked for him at Tottenham. He got given a chance and he grabbed it with both hands and turned into the monster and the beast of a scoring machine he is today. 

“Fantastic player. Great man. Nice humble guy. [He] was a brilliant guy when I knew him at Leicester and he continues to be so.

“It wasn’t clear that he was going to be as good as he is. If not probably the best striker the Premier League has ever seen potentially in the future.” 

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Kane struggled during his loan spells at Leicester and Norwich City, but did perform well at Millwall beforehand. 

It would’ve been hard to see Kane becoming a world-class player at the time but when he was given his chance at Spurs, he certainly didn’t disappoint. 

The England captain started to make an impact under Tim Sherwood but he emerged as a top player under Mauricio Pochettino. 

Now, Kane will lead his country out at the World Cup in Qatar over the next month and will be hoping to go one better after last year’s Euros final loss. 

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