KANE’S THE INSPIRATION
Potter: He still loves to learn
HARRY KANE is an inspirational figure for his club, his country - and every other footballer.
That glowing verdict on the Tottenham and England ace comes from Brighton boss Graham Potter ahead of his Seagulls’ trip to north London this evening.
Kane has been in sensational Premier League form this season.
He has hit the net five times but, even more remarkably, notched eight assists – seven for Son Heungmin – combining the art of striker and playmaker to stunning new effect.
And if any professional
– young or old – needs reminding that, no matter how good you are, you can always aim higher, Potter (right) says look no further than Kane.
Three Lions skipper, World Cup Golden Boot winner, and multiple top-flight Boot hero – now Kane’s become a breathtaking creator.
Potter declared: “Kane’s a fantastic example of how to perform at the highest level. He wants to improve, make the most of his career and the most of what he’s got.
“That means occasionally failing but always keeping the humility to work hard and do his best.
“Everybody in the country should be proud to have him as England captain. He’s an amazing, wonderful player.” Kane’s telepathic partnership with nine-goal Son underlines why Potter rates Mourinho’s men as possible title contenders this season.
And it’s concrete evidence of why Kane, 27, remains a cut above – his enduring thirst to expand his game.
Ex-Swansea coach Potter went on: “Historically, he’s always been great in the box, a fantastic finisher.
“But you can see he has this appetite for the game. He’s probably very coachable and, therefore, open to different stuff and ideas.
“Then you see how intelligent he is and the technical qualities that mean, at times, he’s almost able to play in midfield – and play those key passes for assists.
“He has a wonderful array of qualities, but the thing I like most about him is his selfless effort.” Potter feels that’s a trait Brighton’s brightest young talents, England Under-21 defender Tariq Lamptey and Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, also appear to possess.
Potter said: “I don’t want to compare Tariq to Kane, but he has a lot of the same interpersonal qualities. He just wants to learn and improve.”
Mac Allister wore the Boca Juniors No.10 shirt made famous by Diego Maradona, and Potter said: “There’s a bit of weight to that.
“So that shows a lot about him as person and his character.”