Jamie Carragher insists that Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains one of the best passers in the Premier League behind Kevin de Bruyne.
The England captain has played a part in 12 Spurs goals this season, scoring five of his own.
However, unlike in previous seasons, his penchant for assists has caught the eye. Indeed, he has laid on seven goals for teammates, with Son Heung-min his best benefactor.
Kane registered one of his assists in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with West Ham, after which Carragher – on commentary for Sky Sports – claimed the forward was one of the best passers in the world.
And despite initially thinking he was wrong, Carragher has now clarified his comments.
“I’ve always felt Harry Kane wasn’t just a goalscorer and I’ve always felt he was a great passer of the ball,” the pundit told Monday Night Football.
“And when you do co-commentary, you react to things quickly and sometimes you say something and you think ‘That’s not right’.
“When Kane played that ball against West Ham I said he was one of the best passers in the world.
“You calm down and you think ‘I’ve gone a bit big there, I’ve gone a bit heavy’. But then I’ve actually thought about it and thought, well who is the best passer in the world.
“I’d possibly say Kevin de Bruyne. If you actually look in the Premier League, who would I want on the ball to put someone through after De Bruyne.
“It’d be Harry Kane. So if De Bruyne is the best in my eyes but Kane isn’t that far away. So maybe it wasn’t the biggest shout in the world.”
Tottenham’s attacking options grow
Kane’s recent habit of assisting goals comes as Spurs have added further exciting attackers to their ranks.
As well as January signing Steven Bergwijn, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius have joined Jose Mourinho’s ranks.
Indeed Vinicius – on an initial loan from Benfica – played a key role in his debut last week against LASK.