Darren Bent claims that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is still the best centre-forward in the league despite Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino being the most “complete” striker in the top flight.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the two are closely matched in terms of quality but that it is the Englishman who gets his nod as the very best in the division.
Kane finished with 17 goals in the Premier League last season, injury forcing him to the sidelines during the second half of the campaign, while Firmino was only the third-highest scorer at Anfield with 12.
However, Bent has been raving over the influence that the Brazilian has on the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the Liverpool attack and insists he has all the attributes needed as a striker, even if Kane is the better of the pair.
Bent told Football Insider: “I was having this debate the other day – who was better, Harry Kane or Firmino – and as an out-and-out centre forward, I said Kane.
“Firmino is the one that holds it all together. When he’s on that pitch, Mane and Salah seem to come to life. Firmino comes to feet a lot which attracts defenders, if they don’t come he turns, nice weight of pass.
“For me right now, he is the most complete striker in the Premier League. I like Harry Kane, I think Harry Kane, for me, is the best but Firmino is just changing lives out there. He’s so vital to that front three, when he’s not there you really, really notice it.”
Firmino has two goals and three assists to his name in his five Premier League outings so far this season, coming off the bench against Newcastle to transform Jurgen Klopp’s men and seal the victory.
Kane meanwhile has three goals and a single assist in the same amount of games as Firmino, having played 45 minutes more than his Brazilian counterpart so far.