Former Blackburn Rovers striker and current BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has torn into Harry Kane after revealing his shock at the England striker being named among the candidates for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
The 24-year-old striker was revealed to be on the six-man shortlist via the PFA’s official Twitter account, where he will come up against a trio of Manchester City stars, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Fulham’s 17-year-old sensation Ryan Sessegnon.
— PFA (@PFA) April 14, 2018
Having been 23 when the season started, Kane was eligible to be among those nominated for the young player award, while he also found himself up for the main PFA Player of the Year honour, where he will go head-to-head with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah.
However, Kane’s inclusion among the young player award left Sutton shocked and ridiculing the decision, insisting that he predicts the Tottenham man to win the award.
He launched his jibe on BT Sport Score, via their Twitter account, stating: “But what is Harry Kane doing in there, he’s 28?
“That’s ridiculous. He has to win it though, Harry Kane?”
"What's Harry Kane doing in the Young Player of the Season award list?"
"He claims everything doesn't he?" ????
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— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) April 14, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Kane’s inclusion among the young players might have raised a few eyebrows, but the rules mean he is eligible to be a candidate and the voters have put him forward. He is up against some tough competition, tougher than Sutton seems to make out, but the Tottenham star’s incredible goal scoring record and consistency means that he has got to be the favourite, even if the City trio push him close after their own strong individual displays. Could he win both the young player award and the player of the year honour? Well there are arguments for all the candidates, but for now, Mohamed Salah seems to have the edge over his rivals for his vast amount of goals and his performances both domestically and in Europe.