Tottenham Hotspur star and England captain Harry Kane is “maybe the best striker in the world”, according to Ivan Rakitic.
The 27-year-old’s talents as a centre-forward are well known, but this season he’s been operating deeper to get on the ball and create opportunities.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to utilise the Spurs talisman in this manner has worked wonders, registering 19 goals and 14 assists from 27 appearances this term.
In addition, Kane’s partnership with Son Heung-min has gone to the next level, the two playing superbly in tandem and notching up goals and assists for each other by the hatful.
Kane has also been superb for the Three Lions, with a tally of 32 goals from 48 appearances, not to mention the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot.
Former Croatia midfielder Rakitic says Kane could be key to England’s success at this year’s rescheduled European Championships, the two facing off in their first game of Group D.
“I think of course England will be a big favourite not only for the group stages but to win the entire tournament, and I think it will be very hard to play against them,” the Sevilla midfielder said at an event for Livescore, via FourFourTwo.
“However, with the mix between young and older players, Croatia will be once again really strong.
“Both Croatia and England will be ready, especially because we’ve had to wait one more year due to the European Championship being delayed.
“It’s hard to pick out one player because England is a very strong team. They have maybe the best striker in the world at the moment in Harry Kane.
“I think their team is extremely well-prepared to achieve a lot of special things, not only in the European Championship but also at the World Cup in Qatar.
“They have more successful years ahead of them so it will be really hard to play against them.”
It’s frightening to see just how Kane is developing under Mourinho – not only is his goal tally as good as ever, but his assist tally is also shooting right up and his overall play is simply unbelievable.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson recently claimed that Kane is on the way to becoming the best player in the world given he’s now doing what Kevin De Bruyne does, on top of his usual No. 9 duties.
Factor in his defensive contributions and we’re talking arguably the most complete footballer in recent times – hopefully this season he can finally get his hands on major silverware, for club and for country.