Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given believes that Harry Kane proved at the weekend why he has been mentioned as being worth in the region of £150million.

Kane was named in Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting eleven for the visit of Aston Villa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after bagging a hat-trick in a late cameo against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League just three days before.

Despite the fact that Kane was unable to find the back of the net against Dean Smith’s side, which saw the 28-year-old having gone without a goal in six Premier League matches this season, Given praised Kane’s quality over a piece of play which nearly saw him break his duck.

Kane nearly caught out Emi Martínez in the Villa goal with an opportunistic free-kick from all of 40 yards which left the goalkeeper recovering just in time to claw the shot away to deny what would have been an audacious goal.

The Independent claimed in August that Manchester City were prepared to pay £150 million to take the England international to the Etihad, only for a move to the Premier League champions to fail to materialise.

“It’s actually a great save, in the end,” Given told Premier League Productions (03/10/21 at 2:55 pm).

“You are looking ‘is the ball still moving?’ But I think it just stopped and Harry’s stood up and hit.

“That’s what he can do. He’s a fantastic player. There was talk of £150 million in the summer, and that’s the reason why.”

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Kane certainly looked more like his old self against Villa at the weekend and despite not dropping as deep as to what he had done in recent weeks, he linked up well with the likes of Heung-min Son and played a brilliant back heel pass into the path of Giovano Lo Celso which the Argentine should have scored from.

The striker will certainly be looking to open his Premier League account when the season resumes with a trip to Newcastle United on October 17th.

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