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20th Nov, 2016 | 12:27pm

Pochettino makes bold claim about this Tottenham 23-year-old

By Dominic Toner

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham’s Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.

The 23-year-old delivered a match-winning performance on Saturday as Spurs defeated West Ham 3-2 at White Hart Lane.

The north London club were set for their first league defeat of the season until Kane scored a simple equalising goal in the 89th minute.

The England striker then secured the three points in stoppage time from the penalty spot after Heung-Min Son had been fouled in the box.

Pochettino hailed the impact of his forward and ranked him as one of the best in the world.

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“He’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “When you play without your main striker for 10 or 11 games it’s tough for any team. He’s a player who is very important for us.”

Kane was absent for 10 games this season after sustaining ankle ligament damage and was a big loss for Spurs.

The forward marked his return from injury with a crucial goal in the 1-1 draw against rivals Arsenal and once again showed his worth against West Ham.

He has become the club’s first-choice striker in recent seasons and has scored 68 goals in 135 appearances.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Diego Costa are regarded as two of the best strikers in the Premier League and Kane is certainly in that top bracket.

Kane won the golden boot competition last season with his 25 league goals and that followed up 21 from the 2014/15 campaign.

At 23, he can hope to go on and match the incredible scoring records of recognised forwards such as Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has delivered a damning verdict on the club’s midfielder.