'Absolute gold' - Neville compares one Tottenham star to two PL legends
Former Manchester United defender and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has said that Harry Kane is like Premier League icons Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy in his ability in front of goal.
The Spurs star netted his 29th goal of the season across all competitions, and his 99th Premier League strike, in the club’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, cancelling out Davinson Sanchez’s own goal with a header to ensure the Lilywhites left St Mary’s with a point.
He has scored over 20 top flight goals in each of the last three seasons, and broke Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year with his exploits up front in 2017.
Now Neville has named Kane as one of the best strikers he has seen operate in England’s top tier, and credited both his technique as well as his dedication to the cause as the reasons for his unparalleled success in recent years.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast for Sky Sports, he said: “You need that single-mindedness and Harry Kane fits into that category of being a great technician in front of goal.
“He’s a brilliant professional. You can’t say a bad word about him and he’s absolute gold for a manager.
“There have been goalscorers in my time that I’ve seen that have got goals but you could sense the technique wasn’t always perfect.
“They just had that poaching instinct but the technique of Kane, Shearer and Van Nistelrooy was absolutely wonderful.”
Shearer, who retired from the game in 2006, holds the Premier League record for the most goals scored with 260, while van Nistelrooy netted 95 goals during his time with Manchester United, a feat that Kane has already surpassed.
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