By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Scott Parker has admitted he is surprised that Harry Kane has developed into one of the Premier League’s outstanding players.
Kane came third in the nominations for the PFA Player of the Year award after following up his brilliant breakthrough campaign with an even more prolific second season.
He scored his 25th Premier League goal of the season on Monday night as Tottenham’s faint title hopes ended when they drew 2-2 at Chelsea.
But former Spurs midfielder Parker has revealed he did not expect Kane to mature into one of Europe’s most complete front men after playing alongside the 22-year-old when he was in his teens.
“I’d be lying if I said I thought he would turn out to be the striker he is today,” Parker told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme. “The one doubt I had about Harry was his athleticism, how he got across the ground and how he moved.
“He always scored goals and would always come over and nick a few goals in five-a-sides but I worried if in the modern game whether he had that ability to get away from players.
“The one thing I will say about him is he had a real drive and real work ethic that has put him in the position he is in today. He’s a talent but for any kid growing up he has a real drive and determination.”
Ex-Chelsea and West Ham midfielder Parker spent two years at Tottenham from 2011 to 2013 before joining current club Fulham.
Kane was emerging through the ranks at White Hart Lane at that time, and had four separate spells on loan at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester.
The Tottenham striker has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season to follow up his brilliant breakthrough campaign in 2014-15.
Kane, 22, has also established himself as one of England’s key men going into Europe 2016 after showing he can replicate his domestic form on the international stage.