Sunday Mirror


Potter: He still loves to learn

- By HARRY PRATT Sports · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · Tottenham · England · England national football team · Graham Potter · Colwyn Bay F.C. · London · Swansea City A.F.C. · Argentina · Argentina national football team · Boca Juniors · Diego Maradona

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.”

Harry Kane’s con­stant toil­ing for his team sets him apart
WORK­ING CLASS Harry Kane’s con­stant toil­ing for his team sets him apart

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