Paul Scholes compares Harry Kane to Ruud van Nistelrooy

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has compared Tottenham's in-form striker Harry Kane to former Premier League goal machine Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Kane, who is set to earn his first call up to the England's senior team for next month's matches against Lithuania and Italy, has scored 23 goals in 35 appearances for Spurs this season - 13 of which have come in the Premier League.

And Scholes can see similarities between the 21-year-old - arguably the surprise package of the season - and his former teammate Van Nistelrooy, one of the most clinical finishers in Premier League history.

Scholes: Kane is like Van Nistelrooy

"What makes [Kane] special? I have said before that he does not have a standout quality but scores highly across a number of categories," Scholes wrote in his latest Independent column. "The more I watch him, the more I appreciate his temperament. Playing in attack is difficult. You are under scrutiny and you have to be able to deal with that. Kane seems to do it easily.

"I have said before his finishing reminds me of Ruud van Nistelrooy. The thing about Ruud was he never wanted to give the goalkeeper a sniff of saving it. Kane is the same."

Kane: This season's revelation

Scholes' comparison is certainly a generous one on Kane, who has enjoyed his breakthrough campaign this season under Mauricio Pochettino, who Scholes also reserved praise for - hailing the Argentine manager as the "best young coach around".

But it's an undeniable fact that Kane has been a revelation at White Hart Lane this season, scoring crucial goals against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Kane still has plenty to prove

Despite his goalscoring heroics, Kane must demonstrate over the coming seasons that this campaign isn't simply a one-off in order to prove he deserves the flattering Van Nistelrooy comparison.

Former Netherlands international Van Nistelrooy scored 95 Premier League goals in 150 appearances for the Red Devils, and a total of 150 goals in 219 matches in all competitions.

Furthermore, Van Nistelrooy scored more than 20 goals in all but one of his five seasons in England's top flight before joining Real Madrid in 2006 following a fall-out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Incidentally, Kane is now reportedly on the radar of Real Madrid, who have scouted the English striker on three occasions this season.

But the Tottenham star looks set to stay at White Hart Lane after signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the north London outfit earlier this month.

Kane's finishing has, at times this season, been reminiscent of Van Nistelrooy at his peak - but whether or not he deserves Scholes' comparison will ultimately depend on what he achieves over the forthcoming seasons.

It's still too early to tell if he is the real deal.

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