Paul Merson: This is why Tottenham striker Harry Kane doesn't get enough credit
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane doesn’t get enough credit because he is “English” but he still thinks he is up there with the best players.
London-born Kane has won back-to-back golden boot awards in the top tier of English football beating the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero and Deigo Costa to the prize in recent seasons.
He struck 29 league goals during this campaign, four more strikes than Belgium international Lukaku and five ahead of Chilean Alexis Sanchez.
That includes scoring seven goals in the last two league games of the season, including a hat-trick against Hull on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking on Soccer Special, which aired on Sky Sports News on Sunday afternoon, Merson was full of praise for Kane prior to his side’s 7-1 win at Hull.
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“He is up there with them [as one of the top strikers in the Premier League],” Merson told Sky Sports.
“This kid because he is English he probably doesn’t get enough credit as the others. I am a big, big fan of this lad.”
Merson’s comments stem from what the perception about English players is, in particular, strikers and how their price tags can be inflated with little performance.
There are perhaps times when an English player may have one good season but then they find themselves making a big-money move.
Andy Carroll helped Newcastle to the Premier League and enjoyed a successful goalscoring campaign upon the Magpies return to the top flight in 2010.
Not so soon after, he was purchased by Liverpool for around £30million but he struggled during his time at Anfield.
Centre-back John Stones made a £50million switch to Manchester City last summer after one successful season with Everton but has struggled since his move to the Etihad.
On the other hand, Kane has shown more consistency, scoring 99 goals in all competitions for the club.
In other Tottenham news, Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered his verdict on Spurs and stated what doesn’t work.