Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Harry Kane praised by former World Cup winner despite slow start


Fabio Cannavaro has praised Antonio Conte’s Tottenham duo, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, which echoes what former England international John Barnes has said.

Kane has only scored one Premier League goal, and since his failed move to Man City during the summer there have been questions over his commitment to a future at Spurs, which hasn’t been helped by his recent form.

However the England captain has just returned from international duty with his country, where he scored seven goals in two games, so there is hope that it will have kicked off his goal scoring ways.

Son hasn’t been at his best either, but has performed well in Kane’s absence and also had another successful international break with South Korea, also scoring in one of their fixtures.

Cannavaro captained Italy to the 2006 World Cup and spoke highly of the Spurs duo, who broke the Premier League record for the most combination goals in a single season, in March.

Son and Kane are very, very strong,” the Italian said when speaking to SunSport.

“The Korean is the one who impressed me the most.

[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is also a terrific player, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo. But I wouldn’t have feared them,” the 48-year-old added.

However Cannavaro also highlighted that when he was in peak form, he would’ve posed a difficult battle to anyone.

“Against prime Cannavaro, it would have been tough for anyone.”



World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has had his say on Antonio Conte's Tottenham duo.
World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has had his say on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham duo.

Former England international John Barnes has also praised Kane, despite his slow start to the season, with a lack of club goals.

“If you’re a top scorer for your country, you will go down as one of the best strikers in history for that country,” Barnes explained when speaking to BonusCodeBets.

The three time golden boot winner received some criticism from a small number who suggested his goals were not as worthy, due to the low quality of the opposition, scoring against Albania and San Marino.

“The games are easier now, but that is not Harry Kane’s fault. He has to play against whoever he plays against.

“Kane will go down as England’s best ever striker. He’s done fantastically for England and as long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, we’ll be happy,” the 58-year-old added.

The striker has scored 48 goals for his country, with only Gary Lineker, Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney scoring more.

Both players may have had a slow start to the season but there is no denying what they have done for Spurs in recent times, with Son being a fan favourite and Kane being Tottenham’s top goal scorer for the last seven seasons.

With the arrival of Conte, both will hopefully feel even more motivated to help their side find success and the Italian has already praised his striker.

“I am happy for Harry because he scored with England,” the 52-year-old said in his press conference on Friday.

“We are talking about a world class striker. He is an important player for us. To score is a boost for him. And I’m very happy because I have the opportunity to know him much more. I understood that he’s a top player in many aspects.

“He wants to train very, very hard and improve. That is fantastic for me because my first task is to improve the players, bring the players to another level,” Conte added.

This will be pleasing for Lilywhites supporters to hear, especially for those who doubted his commitment during the summer.

Therefore, there will be hope that the duo can get back to scoring goals for their club, whether that be on their own or as a partnership.

Their next chance to do that is likely to be on Sunday, when Tottenham face Leeds in a return to the Premier League.





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