Martin Keown has compared Harry Kane to former Arsenal teammate Dennis Bergkamp and has backed the Tottenham star to break the Premier League’s single season assist record.
Kane has enjoyed a superb start to the season for Spurs and currently leads the Premier League for assists, providing eight goals for his teammates so far in addition to scoring five times himself.
No player has ever been directly involved in more goals after six fixtures in the division’s history, with Kane’s creative qualities seeing him recently lauded as ‘one of the best passers in world football’ by Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher.
Former Arsenal defender Keown has now lavished praise on a player whose game has evolved during the opening weeks of the campaign, Kane dropping deeper to pick passes for teammates whilst still retaining the goalscoring instinct that has seen him twice win the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Keown has likened Kane’s creativity to that of former Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp and believes the Premier League’s single season assist record – shared by Thierry Henry and Kevin De Bruyne – is well within the player’s reach on current form.
‘What anyone who played with Dennis will say is that his service was outstanding. I’m now watching what Harry Kane is doing for Tottenham and, dare I say it, he is starting to remind me of my old team-mate,’ Keown writes in the Daily Mail.
‘I’m not saying Kane is as technically gifted as Dennis – I don’t think anybody is. But the quality of the balls I’m seeing from the Spurs striker, and the way he is finding Son Heung-min, it is Bergkampian.
‘He is starting high, dropping deep, and showing there is more to his game than merely scoring goals. With eight assists in six games, at this rate Kane would obliterate the Premier League record of 20, shared by Henry and Kevin De Bruyne.’