Tottenham boss Conte still rates Harry Kane as 'world class'

Antonio Conte still rates Harry Kane as ‘world class’ despite the Tottenham striker scoring just one Premier League goal this season as they prepare to face title hopefuls Liverpool

  • Tottenham welcome Liverpool on Sunday in one of the five Premier League matches not to be postponed because of Covid-19 outbreaks
  • Antonio Conte insists that form is temporary and class if permanent with Kane
  • England striker won the Golden Boot last season but has struggled this time
  • He has netted only once in 14 Premier League appearances in goal drought
  • But the Italian coach has been impressed with Kane’s abilities in training 

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte reckons Harry Kane is one of the best strikers he has worked with despite his poor form this season.

The England captain, who won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, has scored just once in 14 appearances this term and has looked a shadow of his usual self.

Conte, who has been at the club since the beginning of November, has managed the likes of Carlos Tevez, Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku in the past, but ranks Kane among the best ahead of Sunday’s game with Liverpool.

It’s been a season of struggle for Harry Kane with just one Premier League goal to date

Spurs manager Antonio Conte has still been impressed by ‘world class’ Kane’s appllcation

‘Harry is a world-class striker,’ he said. ‘Every day that I train him I understand very well that he’s a world-class striker.

‘He’s one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to train. He’s amazing. I like to have him in my team.

‘For sure Jurgen (Klopp) likes to have Mo Salah. But I like to have Harry in my team.

‘He’s an important player for us and my expectation was very high and to play an important game against Liverpool.’

Kane scored 23 goals and made 14 last season, but his inability to repeat that level so far this campaign is perhaps understandable.

Tottenham have seen matches against Rennes, Brighton and Leicester called off after Covid-19 swept through their squad 

He led England to the final of what was effectively a home tournament before losing on penalties at Euro 2020 over the summer and was then subject of a transfer saga, albeit of his own making.

Conte is not judging Kane on his numbers, though.

The Italian said of Kane’s lack of goals: ‘It’s very strange, no? It’s very strange.

‘If you compare what he did in the past, this is very strange. But also in the past, in my experience, before as a player and then as a coach, it happens.

Kane scored against Newcastle United back in October – his only Premier League goal so far

‘I played with important strikers who – for a long period – didn’t score. But my judgement about them didn’t change.

‘I wanted to have them in my team also if they don’t score. Because if you have Harry Kane in your team, you feel stronger, for sure.’

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