Ruud Gullit has admitted that the more he watches Harry Kane, the more impressed he is by the Tottenham striker’s qualities.
Kane has been one of the most consistent strikers in European football for over six years and is universally recognised as one of the best number nines in world football.
However, the striker has shown this season that he is far more than just a great goalscorer having dropped deeper more often and has displayed his outstanding vision and passing range.
Gullit was one of the first pundits to recognise back in 2015 that Kane was not a natural striker as he enjoyed getting on the ball and being involved in the game.
While there would have been a few raised eyebrows at the time, the Tottenham striker has certainly demonstrated this season what Gullit meant, shouldering most of Spurs’ creative burden.
Gullit has now showered praise on the England captain, pointing out that his teammates trust him with the ball in all areas of the pitch.
The former Chelsea man told beIN SPORT: “The more I watched him, the more I see as a world-class (player) in him.
“What I like about him is that in the beginning, when he turns, he doesn’t look to try to hit the ball around the player.
“He wants to play the ball between your legs. Nutmeg is how you say it? That’s what he does because he knows the defender always sticks his legs out, so he has scored a lot of goals like that.
“And he is also fast. He doesn’t look fast but he is. What I like is that I understand why he wants to be a 10. He wants to drift out there. He doesn’t want to go into a situation where he has to battle with a defender.
“He gets out of there and he sneakily gets into a position where he can score a goal. The good thing is that the Tottenham players rely on him and trust him. They want to give him the ball. They know if I give it to him then it’s a goal.”
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The only reason Kane is not discussed among the best players in the world is that he plays for Spurs and not a Real Madrid or a Barcelona. The 27-year-old has shown this season that he can have a huge impact on games if he does not score or assist a goal.
On the other hand, there are games like Sunday where he is barely involved but you can still never discount him from popping up a goal at a crucial time. He was quite unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the derby, having a goal disallowed for offside and then hitting the post with a free-kick.
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