Tottenham’s Harry Kane like Ruud van Nistelrooy, says Man United legend
Paul Scholes hails the Tottenham Hotspur striker's temperament
Paul Scholes says Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane reminds him of Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The 21-year-old forward continued his fine goal-scoring form with a strike at Anfield on Tuesday night as Spurs lost 3-2 to top-four rivals Liverpool.
Kane has netted five times and has made two assists in his last four Premier League games, taking his tally 13 goals in 21 top-flight appearances.
I have said before his finishing reminds me of Ruud van Nistelrooy. The thing about Ruud was he never wanted to give the goalkeeper a sniff of saving it. Kane is the same
Former United midfielder Scholes is impressed with Kane’s temperament, adding the England Under-21 international is the real deal after his goal on Merseyside.
“You simply cannot argue with goals against teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Especially away at Liverpool,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.
“I think scoring for the away team at Anfield is still a litmus test for any striker who wants to call himself a goalscorer. Kane is not just picking up goals at home against teams in the bottom half of the table, he is scoring against the best and away from White Hart Lane too.”
“What makes him special? I have said before that he does not have a standout quality but scores highly across a number of categories. The more I watch him, the more I appreciate his temperament. Playing in attack is difficult. You are under scrutiny and you have to be able to deal with that. Kane seems to do it easily.”
Scholes continued: “Take Tuesday night. Martin Skrtel is good at rattling the opposing centre-forward. He did it to a player as experienced as Diego Costa and got a reaction out of him. Yet Kane never reacted to Skrtel once, and never looked like doing so.
“Then, when the chance presented itself he was ruthless. I have said before his finishing reminds me of Ruud van Nistelrooy. The thing about Ruud was he never wanted to give the goalkeeper a sniff of saving it. Kane is the same.”
Kane was rewarded for his fine form with a new five-and-a-half year Tottenham contract earlier this month.
Days later, the Spurs striker scored twice in the second half of the north London derby to cancel out Mesut Ozil’s opener and seal a 2-1 win against Arsenal.
The boyhood Spurs supporter has scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this term.