Although he is unquestionably a world-class centre-forward, Kane has often found himself adopting the role of playmaker in recent months, dropping deep to assist in carving out chances with his exquisite range of passing.
He has linked up excellently with attacking partner Son Heung-min, with the pair establishing themselves as the deadliest duo in England’s top flight with a staggering 52 goal contributions between them.
Kane’s all-round quality and unrivalled marksmanship are the two key qualities that set him apart as the world’s best striker ahead of Lewandowski, according to Merson.
The Sky Sports pundit suggested that he should be in line to steal this year’s Best FIFA Men’s Player award after the Poland international scooped the prize last time around.
“I would say he is already the most talented player in the England squad – more talented than Grealish and Foden even,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column. “He scores so many goals, and he passes the ball better than both of them as well.
“Robert Lewandowski won the award for the best player in the world last year. But he’s not as good as Harry Kane.
“He’s only ripped it up in Germany. Kane is doing it in the Premier League.
“And I can’t remember Lewandowski touching the ball at the last World Cup. But Kane won the Golden Boot.”
Kane was handed the captain’s armband by England boss Gareth Southgate shortly before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and came close to leading the Three Lions to a first triumph on the world stage since 1966.
England were, of course, painfully knocked out by eventual runners-up Croatia after extra time at the penultimate hurdle.
While the 27-year-old was one of the standout players throughout the tournament, Merson is not convinced that he will be able to outshine Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi during the 2022 edition.
He claimed that the ageing duo, widely considered to be the two greatest players of all time, will be eager to sign off with a bang in Qatar next year by lifting the famous trophy with their respective nations to finally assert their dominance over the other.
“The next World Cup is going to be about Messi and Ronaldo for me,” added Merson. “If one of them wins it, that would be the defining split between them for me.
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“If Messi wins in Qatar, you have to say he is the best of all time. And the same goes for Ronaldo. We would finally have an answer to the question.
“I think it could happen too. I think the next World Cup is perfect for them, and I think they are already planning for it.
“The fact it’s going to start in November is a massive advantage for them. They will be fresh because they haven’t played a full, gruelling season of football.
“And when you’re fresh, talent takes over.”