Tottenham round-up: Kane comparison; midfielder issues rallying cry; Vertonghen on debutant
It was quite the weekend for Tottenham’s Harry Kane after he notched goals number 100 and 101 for the Lilywhites in their victory against Everton, and the plaudits have continued to come his way.
This time it has been the turn of manager Mauricio Pochettino to laud the praise on the England international, claiming that Kane has the raw potential to one day be ‘better’ than Gabriel Batistuta.
The Argentine was referring to his fellow countryman, who scored 54 times in just 77 appearances for the national side and managed 207 goals in 332 games for Italian Fiorentina in a nine-year spell.
Talking to reporters, as relayed by the Evening Standard, Pochettino said:
“Batistuta was a killer. Very strong mentality, very strong shot, great professional. You can compare.
“[He’s not quite there yet] but Harry can be better. He is a killer, Harry Kane. Look at the goals he scored the last years. Maybe they have different characteristics but I think he is in that level, with Batistuta. All that is happening to him he deserves.”
In scoring his second at Goodison Park it signalled Kane’s 80th Premier League goal in just 120 appearances, quicker than Thierry Henry (132), Sergio Aguero (128) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (122).
And whilst Kane has continued his fine form from the past few seasons, one man who has a lot to prove this season is £30million man Moussa Sissoko after his underwhelming debut year at Spurs.
The French international arrived on the back of an impressive tournament at the 2016 European Championships but he failed to impress last season, failing to score in his 27 top-flight appearances.
But Sissoko has vowed that he will be a “totally different” player this season, putting in a much-improved display during the victory at Goodison Park on Saturday that was closer to his best form.
Talking to the Evening Standard, he said:
“Last season, I signed at the last minute and didn’t have the pre-season so it was difficult. Now I feel good and ready to fight like everyone to give my best for the team.”
“I had some chances but I didn’t score. I hope next time it will be in, but the most important thing was to have a good game. I hope my goal will come soon.
And finally, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has praised the impact that new signing Davinson Sanchez had on his full debut at the weekend, saying that he is no doubt a “great addition” to Spurs.
The 21-year-old Colombian slotted in to a back-three alongside Vertonghen and his fellow Belgian international Toby Alderweireld and didn’t look one bit out of place, putting in a composed display.
And, speaking to Tottenham’s club website, the 30-year-old said:
“He did very well. It was a hard game for him to come into at Everton but you could see his qualities. He’s strong, quick, strong in the air, confident – he’s a great addition to the squad.”
Sanchez arrived from Dutch side Ajax in a club-record £42million deal last month, arriving on the back of an impressive first season in Holland where he helped them reach the Europa League final.