Former Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has given his verdict on which other striker he has worked with is most similar to Harry Kane.
Mourinho was fired as head coach of the Spurs six days before the Carabao Cup final, but has established a stable working relationship with Kane throughout his term.
Speaking to The Times (quoted by the Spanish outlet Marca), Mourinho drew parallels between Kane and Karim Benzema, whom he ruled at Real Madrid.
The way Harry Kane play now, make the moves you make, when was the last time I had a striker do that? Benzema! Said Mourinho.
“Because Didier Drogba wasn’t that, Ibrahimovic wasn’t that, Lukaku wasn’t that. So sometimes the statistics don’t fit into reality.”
Benzema was a reliable source of goals and also connected well with Cristiano Ronaldo during Mourinho’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu, developing his game to become a full-fledged striker.
Kane was considered one of the most prolific strikers in Europe before the arrival of Mourinho, but saw that his stocks increased after working with the Portuguese coach. In Tottenham’s Amazon Prime documentary All-or-Nothing, the first episode focuses on Mourinho, who explains how he can help Kane reach new heights.
The 27-year-old did just that, despite the shortcomings of the Spurs. During Mourinho, Kane formed into a well-rounded forward, going deeper and (finally) accumulating assists while still scoring from all angles.
He has scored the top 13 assists of his career so far this season, along with 21 Premier League goals, showing how Kane has managed to add a new dimension to his game as a teammate as well as a goal scorer.
His progress justifies speculation with transfers from all angles in line with the Spurs’ failure to win silverware again this season, with Kane making no secret of his ambition to win trophies as a team.