By Dominic Toner
Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen believes Harry Kane will benefit from a competitive squad this season.
Dutchman Vincent Janssen joined Spurs this summer for £18million and is expected to challenge Kane for a starting position.
The Englishman has singlehandedly led the club’s attack for the last two years and will be relieved of the extra support as Spurs enter a busier schedule through the addition of Champions League football.
Allen, a long-standing former Tottenham coach who also scored 49 goals for the club in the 1986-87 season, believes that the presence of Janssen in the squad could enable Kane to take his game up another level.
“Harry will benefit from Janssen coming to the club, no question,” Allen told the Mirror. “For a start, it will give the manager Mauricio Pochettino another option if he feels Harry needs a break. And just as importantly, it will be competition for Harry.
“If he feels his place is under threat, it’s bound to add something to his game. I know I felt like that and I am sure most players do – that if someone comes in and does well in your position, you know you may have to fight to get back in the team.
“But as for any lasting effect from the Euros, no, I don’t think there will be for Harry. You have to remember how he had to battle to establish himself at Spurs in the first place. He was going out on loan everywhere before he got his chance – and he took it really well.”
Forward Kane was a crucial part to Spurs’ success last season and the Englishman picked up the golden boot award for his 25 league goals in 38 games.
He breakthrough at Tottenham came in the 2014-15 season where he scored 22 league goals and was named PFA Young Player of the Year.
Spurs commence the Premier League season in less than a week’s time with a tough opening trip to Everton, and could be without several of their star players due to a late pre-season start for some of the Euro 2016 stars.
Kane scored two goals in the 6-1 demolition of Inter Milan on Friday evening and Pochettino told the Mail that the forward looks fantastic in pre-season and is raring to go.
His new team-mate Janssen was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season with an impressive haul of 27 goals in 34 games, with a further five goals in other competitions.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Dele Alli expressed his pleasure with the signing of Janssen and hailed him as a great player.
Spurs will be looking to exploit that attacking prowess of both their forwards this season and they could still yet be deployed together in a two man attack.
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