Rio Ferdinand has argued that Harry Kane is not getting the praise he deserves for the way he has started the season.

Kane’s 20th-minute goal proved to be Tottenham’s match-winner at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, with the striker intelligently flicking Son Heung-min’s cross/shot into the back of the net.

That goal saw the 29-year-old continue his impressive start to the season, having scored eight goals in nine Premier League games so far (Transfermarkt).

If Kane keeps up his current rate of goalscoring, he is on course to have the most prolific season of his career. 

However, all the attention has been on Erling Haaland, given the extraordinary start that the Norwegian has made to his Manchester City career.

The 22-year-old has already managed a whopping 15 goals in nine Premier League matches (Transfermarkt) and as things stand, looks certain to run away with the Golden Boot.

If not for Haaland’s exploits, Ferdinand believes Kane would have been talked about as the best number nine in the world.

The former Manchester United centre-back said on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE: “No one’s talking about it.

“If Haaland wasn’t here, we’d be talking about ‘oh, he’s the best number nine in the world, look at the stats’. Because Haaland is blowing people out of the water, he’s getting ignored.”

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Haaland is almost a throwback to the kind of centre-forwards we had in the game a couple of decades ago as he lives and breaths for goals. 

However, the fact that he plays for a team who are so much better than everyone else, means that he gets a bucketload of chances.

So, if Kane finishes within five to ten goals of Haaland at the end of the season, the Tottenham man deserves a lot of plaudits. 

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