It’s safe to assume Andrea Pirlo knows a good striker when he sees one.
The Italian midfielder has played with some of the best centre-forwards of the past 20 years, including Alessandro Del Piero, Filippo Inzaghi, Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, the original Ronaldo and many others.
So the New York City FC star’s latest comments about Harry Kane makes for very exciting reading for fans of Tottenham and the England national team.
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Asked in an interview with ShortList if he has seen much of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Pirlo revealed he was confident about the Tottenham striker’s long-term prospects in the sport.
“Everybody has heard of Harry Kane over this last year,” Pirlo replied. “If he carries on playing the way he has been, I am sure [he] is going to be a big career.”
Harry Kane has proved his doubters wrong
Many people thought Kane would struggle this season after scoring a magnificent 31 goals for Spurs last term.
However, the 22-year-old has silenced his doubters - and proved the ‘second-season syndrome’ thing doesn’t apply to him - by netting 18 goals in 31 appearances so far this season.
Some of the world’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for Kane over the past 12 months - including Manchester United and Real Madrid - but Tottenham know the player, who is a Spurs fan, is content playing under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have an excellent chance of securing Champions League football for next season - they might even win the Premier League title - and Kane, you sense, will be part of the furniture at the Lane for many years to come.
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