By Danny Wright
Martin Keown has said that he would have picked Diego Costa in his team of the year and leave out Tottenham star Harry Kane.
The England international has been in blistering form this season for Spurs and is only bettered by Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the Premier League goal scoring charts – who Keown also excludes from his team.
Kane, 23, has hit 20 league goals in 24 appearances this campaign while his Spanish rival has found the net 17 times in 30 games.
Costa’s performances have notably deteriorated since January after he was linked with a lucrative move to China.
He is without a goal in five league matches and has only scored twice since the winter transfer window closed.
Keown, an Arsenal legend, made the surprising claim after it was announced the Professional Footballers’ Association had chosen Kane and Lukaku in their team of the year.
“I would also select Diego Costa over Harry Kane. At the moment, Costa is the better player — though Kane is not far away,” wrote Keown on the Daily Mail website at 12:30pm.
“In a one v one Costa has caused defenders so many problems this season. He was desperately unlucky to miss out on the Player of the Year shortlist.
“Romelu Lukaku is similar to Costa in that they are both powerful forwards but Costa is tidier in his work. Lukaku is too rough around the edges but has to potential to be even better than Costa.”
Chelsea and Tottenham each had four players in the PFA’s team of the year with David Luiz, Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard representing the blue part of London, while Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kane were among Spurs’ delegates.
Both Kane and Costa will be able to do their talking on the pitch on Saturday as the two talismanic strikers come to blows in an FA Cup semi-final clash between Spurs and Chelsea at Wembley.