Sky Sports pundit: Tottenham ace Kane is better than Argentina legend in these two areas
By Aramide Oladipo
Tony Cascarino believes that Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has the potential to become just “as good as” Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta.
This comes after Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was recently quoted in the Evening Standard as saying that the 24-year-old could become a better striker than Batistuta in the long-term.
Cascarino feels that the England international is better with his heading ability and his hold up play than the Argentine who managed to score over 230 goals during his playing career.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino, who has a weekly slot on Sky Sports, believes that Kane is currently more of a team player who could evolve into a goalscoring machine in years to come.
With regards to headers, he wrote: “[Kane] prefers a ‘flick’ type of header where he gets across a defender and is clever in where he places the ball. Kane edges it for me but it depends what you’re looking for from a striker.”
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When analysing the hold up play of both strikers, Cascarino expressed: “The difference is in the way they approach this aspect of their game.
“Kane is much more unselfish, has a better work-rate, is able to use both feet and is a team player in the way he brings others into the game.
“Whereas Batistuta’s team-mates always knew to just put the ball on his right side so he could use his power to do the rest.
“Batistuta was the definition of a no-nonsense player but there is no reason why Kane can’t reach a similar standard.”
The Spurs striker finally got off the mark in the Premier League this past weekend after notching up a brace in the 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park.
Kane has now scored 100 goals for the North London club and he will be looking to add to that tally as the season progresses.
The Englishman still has a long way before he can match Batistuta in terms of trophies as the Argentine won the Serie A title and the Italian Cup with Roma and Fiorentina respectively during his spell in Europe.
In other Tottenham news, the club have been hit by a devastating blow as a key first-teamer has been sidelined until next year.