Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane has won over many a fan for his performances over the last two season and he can one more admirer to the list in Peter Crouch.
The Stoke City striker commended the Englishman, admitting he has been the catalyst of Spurs’ charge for Premier League title aspirations.
Crouch left White Hart Lane for Stoke in 2011 and has reminisced about his time in north London, giving a first-hand account of Kane as a teammate.
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Daily Mail quoted the 35-year-old saying: “He [Kane] was training with us when I was there and I got on really well with him. He’s a great lad and he deserves everything he is getting now because he is a great lad and a fantastic player.”
MOVING UP THE PECKING ORDER
When Crouch was at the club, he recalls Kane moving up through the ranks and insists his various loan spells were key for his development.
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“He has just come on so much. I remember when I was at Spurs and he was basically just breaking through. He was a goal-scorer, you could tell that, but he is a top-class centre-forward now.”
The 22-year-old scored a brace against Crouch's current side Stoke City on Monday to close the gap to league leaders Leicester City to five points – only four games remaining in the season.
Crouch continued: “His goal against us, the first one, was incredible and every time he gets near the goal he is a threat, isn’t he? You feel he is going to score. I think they were the best team we’ve played this year.”
INCLINATION TO LEARN
The former Liverpool forward also disclosed Kane being the type of player who always has an urge to learn more about the game.
“I think he is a clever player and he has got two good feet. I remember Tim [Sherwood] and Les [Ferdinand] working very, very hard with him at his game. He is the type of lad that will listen and take that on board, and he has become a top, top quality player for Spurs and for England as well.”
The England international has been nominated for both individual PFA Player of the Year awards, having already secured the Young Player of the Year last year.
His phenomenal form has garnered interest from European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are planning an audacious move this summer, according to The Independent.
The Londoners' run-in features West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle United and they are now the only realistic contenders to challenge the Foxes for domestic supremacy.
Kane currently leads the scoring charts in the Premier League with 24 goals so far into the campaign and will also be an integral part of the national team in the upcoming Euro 2016 in France.