Jermain Defoe spoke after Harry Kane netted his 100 goal for Spurs at the weekend
“It’s not easy to score goals in the Premier League now. The league is so strong, home and away. I just think he’s in the perfect team. No team is going to create more chances. I said ages ago ‘H’ was a finisher. I said to the guys how good he was and if he got the chance, he would score goals.
“I’m not surprised with how well he’s done. In that team, give him a chance and he’ll score. He’s got there through sheer hard work and he’s someone who loves to score goals. That’s just in you, and you keep practicing and then in a game, it comes naturally and that’s why he scores so many goals.
“He’s strong, he’s big, H. He’s grown a lot! I never had that height! For someone that size, his balance…a lot of the time you see him and he’s got the ball, holding defenders off and he looks off balance but they still can’t get the ball off him because he’s so strong and then he always gets his shots off, from all different angles and he always hits the target. He’s still young as well and I’m confident he’ll keep on scoring and scoring. As I said, it’s just in you.”
Teddy Sheringham compared Kane with Premier League great Alan Shearer
“I’m running out of things to say about Harry. I’ve said it before – he’s becoming a world-class player. To get 100 goals so quickly is great credit to him. He has great focus about him, knows what he wants and he’s not just a goalscorer, he brings other players into play as well, sets people up. He knows he’s expected to score and he keeps doing it, he’s phenomenal.
“Sometimes strikers at a young age don’t realise how hard it is to score goals, not everyone can do it. It’s an art and he’s got that. He shoots from every angle because he knows he can score and he knows how to score. A lot of people can’t do that, it’s not there. Harry can do it from everywhere. You have to be focused, single-minded. He’s very much like Shearer in that way.
“He wants to score goals, he’s expected to score goals and he enjoys that expectancy and the pressure on him. He handles it all so well. People kept having question marks but he kept doing it and keeps getting better. He’s a leader and leads by example. As I said, he’s phenomenal and I just hope he’s keeps doing it for Spurs and England.”
Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane can become a better player than Gabriel Batistuta
“Maybe [he has] different characteristics but I think he is in that level, with Batistuta.
“Batistuta was a killer. I think yes, you can compare, but for me, I put Batistuta there [raises one hand above the other] and Harry [just below] – but Harry can be better than him.
“He is a killer, Harry Kane, look at the goals he has scored the last year.”
Moussa Sissoko has said he will benefit from having a full pre-season with Spurs
“This season is totally different because I had the preseason with the team. Last season I signed at the last minute and didn’t have the preseason so it was difficult.
“Now I feel good and ready to fight like everyone, and try to give my best for the team. I hope I will do well this season and we will all do well in the league, in the Champions League and in the cups.
“When you start you’re always happy. The manager gave me my chance and I tried to give my best and I think I did well like all the team, so I’m happy.”