By Dominic Toner

Burnley defender Michael Keane believes that Tottenham’s Harry Kane has become a great player due to his “hard work”.

The pair played together during loan spells and Leicester, with both going on to become important players in the Premier League.

Spurs face Burnley at White Hart Lane on Sunday in the league and Kane is set to come up against his former team-mate Keane.

The 23-year-old forward has been in good form for Spurs this season, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances across all competitions.

Keane has praised the striker for is improvement in recent seasons and believes it’s down to his commitment.

“If you studied Harry’s game for weaknesses, you would be searching a long time,” Keane told the Mirror. “He’s strong, mobile, good in the air, a great striker of the ball with both feet and he’s worked very hard on his pace.

“Hard work is probably why he has started scoring a lot of goals, and fair play to him.”

Kane has emerged as one of the best forwards in the Premier League and was the golden boot winner last season for his 25 goals.

The England international has developed into Spurs’ first-choice striker after a string of loan spells during the earlier stages of his career.

He is continuing to be a crucial player for the north London club this season and has been a welcomed return since he was sidelined for 10-games with injury.

The striker has made a total of 141 appearances for Spurs and scored an incredible 73 goals in return.

Kane is likely to lead the line on Sunday against Burnley and will face one of the league’s in-form defenders, with Keane regarded as the leader in Sean Dyche’s side.

In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has identified the club’s duo as the perfect pairing.