Ben Davies has claimed that Harry Kane is in the best shape of his career and backed the striker to have another successful season.
Kane got his first goal of the season in the London derby on Sunday as he rose highest to provide a glancing header to Ivan Perisic’s corner kick in stoppage time, handing Spurs a point in dramatic fashion.
It is likely to be the first of many for the 29-year-old this season but Spurs will also be hoping that the equaliser is a sign of things to come regarding their effectiveness at set pieces.
The North London club have appointed Gianni Vio as their set-piece coach this summer and Davies admitted the team have been working hard with the Italian.
The Welshman told Football.London: “We have been working with him (Vio). He’s there for a reason, we’ve been doing our bits, but [that period was] more about just trying to get on the end of good deliveries.
“At the end of the game that’s clearly what it was, I think it was four of us vying for that ball and any one of us could have got on it.”
The Athletic reported this week that Kane has bought into Antonio Conte’s project as much as, if not more than, any other player and the striker is delighted with the improvements in his fitness levels since the Italian’s arrival.
Davies, who has been at Spurs since Kane’s first breakthrough season under Mauricio Pochettino in 2014/15, has claimed the marksman is now in as good a shape as he has seen him.
The defender said regarding the England captain: “I think he’s looking as good as he ever has. He’s a top player. He’s shown time and time again the class that he’s got and he’s off the mark again. Let’s hope he can have a successful season.
“I think Harry is not just a top, top player, he’s a top professional as well. He’s one of the first in, he’s always willing to do the hard yards and it’s no surprise he’s got to the top.”
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Kane is not the most blessed natural athlete when compared to some other players in the Spurs squad and the 28-year-old arguably needs a more stringent training regime than most to be at his sharpest.
That is arguably why we saw his fitness levels drop during Mourinho’s time at the club. It does appear like the striker is now coming back to the levels of fitness he had during Pochettino’s first couple of years at the club.
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