Sam Allardyce singles out Tottenham player for praises: Comparing him to Van Persie

Sam Allardyce thinks that Erling Haaland’s superb performances at Manchester City perhaps overshadowed Harry Kane’s exceptional season.

Kane continued to be outstanding despite Tottenham’s difficulties, scoring 30 goals in the Premier League. Nevertheless, Haaland’s remarkable goal-scoring prowess—49 goals overall in all competitions, including 36 in the Premier League—attracted greater notice.

During an episode of the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, Allardyce discussed Kane’s abilities and impact, stating that signing the English striker could significantly improve any team’s goal-scoring capabilities by approximately 50%. Allardyce highlighted that Kane’s achievements were somewhat overlooked last season due to the incredible scoring records set by Haaland at Manchester City.

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The football manager compared it to Robin van Persie being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 32, a move that was crucial to Manchester United’s title-winning season. Allardyce reiterated his conviction in Harry Kane’s enormous talent and potential impact on a team’s performance by suggesting that the striker’s signing may push Manchester United closer to clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City.

He said (via TBR):

“If you’re going to sign Harry Kane you will improve your sides goals by about 50%. He was under the radar last year because of Haaland at Man City but he scored 30, not 18 or 20, 30,” Allardyce said.

“When Sir Alex wanted to win the league he bought Van Persie at 32, and buying Harry Kane gets Man United very close to Arsenal and Man City.”

Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for Harry Kane and had reportedly made them their priority signing but Daniel Levy’s £100m price-tag put them off.


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