Jose Mourinho insists ‘intelligent’ Harry Kane will ‘get better with time’ and adapt his game in similar way to Karim Benzema to keep scoring goals well into his 30s after red-hot form for Tottenham since returning from injury
- Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane can continue scoring for many more years
- The England captain has scored seven goals in eight since returning from injury
- His manager believes Kane, 27 will adapt game as he gets older to keep scoring
- The striker can keep scoring into his 30s like Karim Benzema, 33, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho insists there is no reason Harry Kane cannot keep scoring goals for many more years.
England captain Kane is in wonderful form with seven goals in eight Tottenham games since 10 days out with minor ankles injuries.
He is 27 years old but Mourinho expects him to adapt his craft in a similar way to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and keep scoring goals into his 30s.
Harry Kane can continue to score goals for many years to come says manager Jose Mourinho
‘When a striker is the kind of goalscorer who can only play in that position, it’s more difficult,’ said the Spurs boss. ‘Because when they lose that intensity of the younger people, then they have nothing.
‘But these kind of players, I think they get better with time, with experience, with understanding of the game.
‘At this moment you see Harry and Benzema – who is already 33 now – this kind of striker, they’re very intelligent so they can drop back and assist, transform their game.
‘Later in their career, instead of being the number nine target, they become a nine-and-a-half, between a nine and a ten, and they can play football until they want.
The England captain, 27, scored twice in the Europa League to continue fine form since injury
Mourinho believes Kane can adapt his game in a similar way to how Karim Benzema has
‘It depends what he wants to do and I think it’s too early for him to think about that, he just enjoys his football.’
Benzema has scored 18 goals for Real Madrid this season. Kane has 26 for Tottenham, more than he scored in either of the previous two seasons, both interrupted by injuries.
Fitness concerns always linger around Kane because of his record in recent years.
He was seen icing a knee having been replaced by Carlos Vinicius after scoring twice against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Mourinho does not expect it to rule him out of the North London derby at Arsenal on Sunday.
Fitness issues have been concern for Kane and he was spotted with ice on his knee at full time
Mourinho (left) still expects Kane (right) to be fit for the North London Derby on Sunday
Kane has 214 goals for Tottenham – only Jimmy Greaves (266) has more – and he has scored more than any other player in the derby fixture.
Mourinho hailed his attitude and desire to be the best.
‘I have been lucky enough to work with players with great ambitions,’ said the Spurs boss. ‘It is not possible to have a career like mine without players with ambition.
‘He has that, no doubt he has that. No doubt that of course he wants to win matches, score goals, win trophies.
Kane’s (left) Spurs scoring total of 214 is second on all-time charts to Jimmy Greaves on 266
‘Totally committed with the club, totally committed with the national team. He’s a very good example of a top professional – and a top player.
‘Sometimes top players are not always top professionals, and vice-versa. He’s a top player, he’s top professional and he’s a great example for everyone.’
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