Former Spurs midfielder Gustavo Poyet has suggested that while Erling Haaland is a more ruthless goalscorer than Harry Kane, the Tottenham man is a ‘great’ all-round footballer.
Kane has started the season in fine form, having found the back of the net five times in six Premier League matches so far (Transfermarkt).
The striker has continued from where he left off during the second of last season and, having missed out on the Golden Boot last season due to a lacklustre start, he will firmly have his eyes set on winning the award for the fourth time this season.
However, the England captain has more competition to deal with this year, with Haaland hitting the ground running since his move to Manchester City.
The Norwegian superstar has already notched up ten goals in six league games (Transfermarkt) and is showing no signs of showing down.
Poyet believes that the Tottenham and Man City stars are different kinds of players, even though both score plenty of goals.
The former Spurs assistant coach told Midnite about Kane and Haaland (via Football.London): “They’re different players, one is a top goalscorer, Haaland will always be there in the box, waiting for a cross, mistake, pass, like a proper killer.
“Kane is a great football player, especially in the last few years, he’s started dropping and making things happen. Kane is an all-around football player, but I think Haaland is clear, you just know he’s going to score even if he touches the ball five times in a game.”
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Haaland is, in many ways, a throwback to an old-fashioned goalscorer like Shearer, Del Piero, Van Nistelrooy, Defoe and co, who are only in the team to score goals.
The Norwegian is a freak of nature in terms of his finishing and his appetite for goals but he is also very much reliant on his team to create chances for him.
One can argue that he will not be as effective if he is asked to play as part of a fluid front three as City did last season, while Kane will thrive in such a scenario.
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