By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Matt Le Tissier believes Harry Kane is below the top two brackets of the world’s best players.
The Tottenham striker was described by manager Mauricio Pochettino as “one of the best in the world” on Friday.
But former England international Le Tissier believes Kane has some way to go before he can be spoken of in the same breath as the planet’s elite including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday on Saturday afternoon, Le Tissier said: “At the top you’ve got Messi and Ronaldo and in the bracket below you’ve got the likes of Neymar and Suarez.
“I don’t think Harry Kane is quite at the level of those players. But he’s young and he’s going to get better.
“I think he’s an outstanding young player and will be an outstanding one for years to come but he’s not quite one of the best yet.”
Kane has been a key figure in Tottenham’s title charge this season, topping the Premier League goal charts with 24 to follow the 22 goals he scored in his breakthrough league campaign in 2014-15.
The England international has been nominated for both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, while team-mate, Dele Alli is also on the shortlist for the Young Player prize.
“Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and he has proved that it wasn’t only for one season,” Pochettino said on Friday at his media conference. “We are now in the second season and he’s showed his real quality.
“For us, we never had any doubts about him. From day one we knew that he would achieve everything because his mentality, his passion and hunger are fantastic. He showed fantastic skill and that he’s one of the best in the world.”
Spurs are five points behind league leaders Leicester ahead of the two teams’ fixtures this weekend.
In other Tottenham news, there has been a twist in the Londoners’ pursuit of a new striker.