By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Harry Kane is the most complete player in the running for the Premier League Player of the Year award, according to Martin Keown.

But the former England defender has backed Jamie Vardy to win the individual gong for his marginally greater importance to his team.

Kane and Vardy are locked in a battle to not only steer their teams Tottenham and Leicester to the league title but also to win the individual prizes.

Kane tops the goal charts with 22 league goals to Vardy’s 21, and both strikers are on the six-man PFA shortlist to be crowned the Player of the Year along with Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Mesut Ozil and Dimitri Payet.

Asked for his verdict on who should be crowned Player of the Year, Keown wrote in a Q&A session in the Mail: “There are a lot of people coming for Mesut Ozil but just look at his stats – he’s created so many chances. But picking a player from that group is very difficult.

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“Harry Kane has everything but if you’re looking for a fairytale, it’s Jamie Vardy. He’s ruthless – I never think he’s not going to score when he goes through on goal. He’s like a skimming stone across the water, that’s how effortlessly he moves across the pitch.

“For a lot of people Kane is more pleasing on the eye, and when he hits the ball he strikes it like an arrow. He is always looking to thump the ball and test the goalkeeper.

Jamie Vardy was on the verge of joining Sheffield Wednesday from Leicester
Fairytale: Vardy has been the driving force behind Leicester’s title challenge

“But which is the better team they both play for? If you took Vardy out of Leicester team, would it have more impact than taking Kane out of Tottenham’s team? I have a feeling Spurs might be able to cope but that Vardy is a fraction more important to Leicester.”

Leicester are seven points ahead of main title rivals Tottenham with five matches of the season remaining, and need just three more wins to secure what would perhaps be the most unexpected triumph in football history.

In other Tottenham news, Jan Vertonghen has singled out the colleagues who make him feel most comfortable in the team.