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Spurs boss: Kane is like Batistuta

Harry Kane has been compared to Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta. Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has likened England hot-shot Harry Kane to Gabriel Batistuta and insisted he will be there to help him when things do not go to plan.

"Harry Kane has skills that are similar to different players, including Batistuta. The challenge is doing it all again next season," said Pochettino, who faced England in the 2002 World Cup finals in the same team as the renowned Argentina forward.

"Now it is up to him. Harry knows the way to improve his ability. He is in a very good moment to keep working hard and develop his game.

"You need to wait for the right moment to give a player the responsibility because sometimes we can see a player is ready, but not quite complete to assume the responsibility and keep the same level.

"Big players always have a good first season - like (Wayne) Rooney, after his first season a lot of people maybe had doubts about the next one, but this is football.

"It is not easy when the player goes down, this is our challenge, but not only with Harry, with all players.

"There may be people who doubt him about next season, but the people that know him understand, like us, know that Harry can keep the level he has shown."

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Delph: Spurs striker is best player in the league

Fabian Delph has revealed Harry Kane is set to get his vote for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

Tottenham striker Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania on Friday night, adding to the 29 goals he has already got for Spurs this term.

Delph is also an international newcomer, having only made his senior debut last September, but has not been taken aback by his team-mate's rapid rise.

Harry Kane scored on his England debut. Credit: PA

"I can believe it, he's a really hard worker, great talent, still young, still got time to progress as well," the Aston Villa midfielder told a press conference. "But he'll keep his feet on the ground and I'm sure he'll keep pushing on."

Asked if Kane would get his vote in the end-of-season Player of the Year awards, he said: "I think he'll get my vote, there's obviously a few contenders. I'll pick wisely and I can't see why I wouldn't pick Harry."

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