Mauricio Pochettino: No Other Striker in the World Like Harry Kane

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Spurs striker Harry Kane’s uniqueness and professionalism as he closes in on a second straight Golden Boot.

The 23-year-old is in pole position to be the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive term, following his four-goal haul during Thursday’s 6-1 drubbing of Leicester, which saw the England striker leapfrog both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez into first on 26 goals. Pochettino has been mightily impressed by both the progress and consistency of his forward, who leads the charts despite having missed out on 3 months of football to injury.

“It is difficult to find another striker like him in the world,” the Argentinian said.

“I think the most important thing is he is more mature and a more experienced player and he is so professional.”

Pochettino also stressed the importance of his key players having plenty of rest over the summer, in preparation for the next season at Wembley stadium.

“It’s important to have good holidays and good rest for them and then good preparation to start the Premier League in the best condition,” he said.

“We were talking a lot about the holidays after the international games (in June).”

Kane, who scored 28 goals last season and has scored 70 goals in his last 90 league outings, has 32 goals in all competitions with a game to go. Heung-Min Son has 21 along with Dele Alli – making this the first time three Spurs players have scored over 20 goals in a season. Son, who netted twice in the victory over Leicester was also praised by Poch.

“I think he deserves a lot of credit about his goals and the performance of the team,” the Spurs boss said.

“I think he was one of the key players in the season like Harry, like Dele, like in often situations like Christian Eriksen too.”

“He was key for us during the season and in the moment when we didn’t have Harry he was our main striker and he scored a lot of goals and gave us a lot of points.”

“He is still young and he can improve. That is his second season in the Premier League and we are so happy.”

When previewing Sunday’s final-day fixture at Hull, Pochettino also revealed that Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris may miss out at the KCOM Stadium with a cut to his knee while Kyle Walker struggles to continue with an ankle problem that saw him miss out completely on Thursday’s big win. Fellow right-back Kieran Trippier however, is available after recovering from his concussion. Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Harry Winks all remain out as long-term absentees.

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