By Will Butcher
Dean Ashton believes Tottenham’s Harry Kane needs to become nastier if he wants to become one of England’s best ever strikers.
Kane, 23, has amassed a hugely impressive 19 goals in just 25 league and cup appearances this season, scoring a hat-trick against Championship outfit Fulham on Sunday in the FA Cup.
However, former West Ham and England striker Ashton claimed on talkSPORT that Kane is not yet the complete striker and needs to be better aerially if he wants to match the likes of Alan Shearer.
“No,” Ashton said, when asked if he was the complete striker. “He is an unbelievable striker, he’s so clinical even with his weaker foot and he’s improving all the time.
“But there’s so much more he needs to improve on. He hasn’t got an ounce of nastiness in him, which he needs. You need a little bit of that if you’re going to be absolutely at the very top.
“He can really add to his game in that sense – he doesn’t win enough headers, he doesn’t really look like he wants to be in those battles. Kane is still so far off Alan Shearer at the moment.”
Kane scored all three of Tottenham’s goals at Craven Cottage as Spurs secured a 3-0 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup, which sees them face Millwall at White Hart Lane in the next round.
Making 152 appearances for the north London outfit, Spurs’ number 10 has scored more than one goal every two games with 83 strikes in a Tottenham shirt.
Alan Shearer is an all-time legend in the Premier League, where the striker scored an incredible 260 goals in 441 appearances.
Kane is expected to lead his side’s attack for the third time in a week on Thursday night, as Spurs play host to Belgian side Gent in the second leg of the Europa League’s Round of 32.
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