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Paul Merson: Harry Kane is world's BEST striker and edges Haaland

Harry Kane is the world’s BEST striker, insists Paul Merson as he ‘brings everything to the party’ to edge out Erling Haaland… as Jamie Redknapp says it is inevitable striker beats Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record

  • Harry Kane became the joint-top Premier League scorer this season on Sunday 
  • He netted his 17th of the season from the spot in a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa 
  • And Paul Merson believes his all-round game makes him the best in the business
  • Ex-Arsenal midfielder compared him favourably to Dortmund star Erling Haaland

Paul Merson has insisted Harry Kane is the best striker in the world, edging out Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland as he is the ‘whole package.’

Tottenham forward Kane moved joint-top of the Premier League top scorers list with his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has also dropped deeper at points this season, linking play superbly, and broke the Premier League record for most goal combinations, with fellow forward Son Heung-Min.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is the best striker in the world, according to Paul Merson

Kane scored his 17th league goal of the season from the spot in a 2-0 win against Aston Villa

And former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes the England captain’s all-round game puts him on a different level from Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.

He said after the match: ‘He’s got an all-round game and I personally think he’s the best centre-forward in the world, he’s the only player I know who has got the whole package. 

‘People will go ‘oh (Erling) Haaland, he’s 20, he scores goals, that’s what he brings to the party’. Kane brings everything to the party. 

‘He’s got an array of passing, he can put people in, he can join the play. I can’t talk highly enough of the lad, I really can’t, he’s a special, special player.

‘I’m not sure about it (breaking Shearer’s record), at 30, 31 he’s still got to get 25 a season. He can play so much deeper and he’s a team player. He’s not someone like an (Sergio) Aguero who’s just going to sit in the box.’

Merson compared Kane favourably to Dortmund star Erling Haaland due to his all-round game

But Merson doubts Kane could break Alan Shearer’s record Premier League goals tally of 260

But fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp stated his belief Kane could in fact break the record.

He responded: ‘As long as he stays in this country yes, 25 goals a season for the next four seasons, of course he can do that. 

‘He’s got everything going for him. He will get goals, the fella just can’t help it. He’s born to score. 

‘He gets in the right areas, he’s playing slightly deeper but he’s getting his goals, goal involvements as well. He’ll break that Alan Shearer record, make no mistake about it, it’s just a matter of time.’ 




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