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Harry Kane is Tottenham Hotspur’s Lionel Messi, says Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has compared Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to FC Barcelona’s prolific forward Lionel Messi.

football Updated: Apr 08, 2017 17:25 IST
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Mauricio Pochettino hailed Harry Kane as Tottenham Hotspur’s answer to Lionel Messi.(AP)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed striker Harry Kane as his club’s answer to FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Kane, Spurs’ top scorer this season with 19 goals, was named on the bench for his side’s home game against Watford on Saturday after missing three games with an ankle injury.

Spurs, second behind Chelsea in the Premier League table, won all three of the games Kane missed, but Pochettino says that does not reflect the England international’s importance.

“In Barcelona, Messi was injured for a month, but Barcelona were still winning,” Pochettino said in comments published by British newspapers on Saturday.

“And then when Messi’s available again, you don’t say, ‘Hmm, I don’t know.’

“Different names, I can’t tell you. But there’s no doubt Harry’s one of the best players that we have.”

First Published: Apr 08, 2017 17:25 IST