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Is there a better centre-forward than Harry Kane? - Pochettino

27 December 2017

Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored a hat-trick at Wembley to help see off the Saints, taking the England worldwide to 39 Premier League goals in 2017.

Kane finished this year on 56 goals for club and country, of which 39 have come in the Premier League.

"For me, he's world class". I'm so happy to congratulate him and all of the team, well done.

"It does not surprise us because every day we see how he works, how determined he is and how professional he is", he said.

"Professional is a massive word, and you need to include everything there inside - he's a very good example of how a player behaves like a professional".

The Barcelona superstar, who does not play again in 2017 with the winter break ensuing in Spain, has 55 goals to his name this year, while PSG forward Edinson Cavani, Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski are all tied on 53 goals. "You can not afford not to work every day".

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The feat is even more remarkable given that Kane failed to find the back of the net in the month of August, with the England global leading the scoring charts with 18 top-flight goals this season.

"It's an wonderful story for us, as a coaching staff, when you look at him play - not only feel happy [but] so proud of all this he has achieved", said Pochettino, who added that Tuesday match was so open it could have finished 7-4 to Spurs.

All of the talk ahead of the clash was surrounding Kane and being on the cusp of history with the striker just goal behind Alan Shearer for the most Premier League goals in a calender year, it started well for Spurs as Eriksen was inches away from giving his side the lead only denied by the offside flag but the inevitable goal from Kane arrived 22 minutes in.

Harry Kane has defended team-mate Dele Alli, who quickly adopted the role of pantomime villain on Saturday, when Tottenham halted a five-game winless run on the road in the top flight. "He is obsessed with scoring goals", the 47-year-old Shearer told BBC's Match of the Day.

Pochettino said that Kane belonged in the most illustrious of company and, when making comparisons, the Tottenham Hotspur manager wondered whether there was a more lethal number 9.

"I'll keep working harder, it's about finding little percents to get better and doing things on the training ground to make you better". They offer more pace and penetration than Trippier and Ben Davies and if Mauricio Pochettino can get them both fully fit and firing, Spurs will begin to resemble the team that was so hard to stop previous year.

Is there a better centre-forward than Harry Kane? - Pochettino