By 90Min
October 25, 2017

Anyone who saw Harry Kane's match winning performance for Tottenham against Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday will have been left in no doubt of just how valuable and effective an all round footballer the Englishman is becoming.

Indeed, the forward's two goal contribution saw many inhabitants of planet football throwing around the phrase "world class" when discussing the ever prolific striker.

That however is a phrase that feels slightly premature when used to refer to Kane. There is no question that the Tottenham man is a world class finisher, there are few any would rather have the ball fall to inside the opposition penalty area when looking for a breakthrough. 

But compare Kane to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, the top three in this week's FIFA World Player of the Year awards for which Kane was also nominated, and you begin to see the difference in what these players will do on the pitch.

Until now, Kane has been used almost exclusively by Spurs to apply the finishing touches to one attacking move or another, while the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar have always possessed that ability to drop back or move out wide in order to create something either for themselves or a teammate.

If Kane wants to well and truly be spoken about in the same vein as the consistently ranked as the very best on the planet, then it stands to reason that Kane must put in that same kind of spectacular performance, while simultaneously demonstrating an ability to maintain that level regardless of his position on the pitch.

In all honesty and all fairness to Kane, it's perhaps somewhat unfair to compare him to the likes of Ronaldo and Messi in this way, given that his sole job for Tottenham has only ever been that finishing role he has carried out so well for the past few seasons.

Now however, that is starting to change, and change emphatically. Against Liverpool on Sunday, Kane's willingness to move deeper and wider was noticeable, and more importantly, telling.

As well as giving Kane the opportunity to duly dispatch the opener, his involvement in the second demonstrated his growing awareness of the game. With Dejan Lovren having taken himself out of the game in misjudging Hugo Lloris' throw forward, Kane had the opportunity to go one on one with a helpless Simon Mignolet.

Instead, he produced a pinpoint crossfield pass onto the boot of the onrushing Son Heung-min, who duly dispatched a magnificent strike to hand Spurs what was at that point a two goal advantage.

That Kane had the presence of mind and ability to pull off such an assist was proof that he has both the willingness and quality to make the contribution to the team that many consider an essential aspect of any player who wants to be world class.

Kane will of course have to maintain this level of form consistently over the rest of the season and beyond if he is to maintain such a status, and he will also have some hard lessons along the way. 

It is worth remembering that it was Kane who lost possession in midfield to allow Jordan Henderson to provide the assist for Mohamed Salah to pull a goal back for Liverpool, and it is moments like that where Kane must be prepared to see off the attentions of ball-winners if he is to be allowed to keep his licence to roam.

Given his ability to do everything else that has been asked of him, that should be a simple enough task for Kane, and if he does that, then it hard to see a reason why he won't be running Ronaldo and co. even closer when FIFA come to name their Player of the Year once again in twelve months time.

You May Like