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Tammy Abraham labels Harry Kane ‘the best striker in the world’

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:40, 10 October 2019

Tammy Abraham says he is keen to learn from his international teammate Harry Kane, labelling the England captain “the best striker in the world”.

Kane and Abraham are set to feature for the Three Lions in Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in the coming days.

Is Kane the best striker in the world? Five things to know…

  • When it comes to traditional centre-forwards, Kane is one of the world’s leading figures.
  • He has scored 11 goals in 12 appearances for club and country so far this season.
  • However, the Spurs star has struggled with ankle injuries over the last couple of years.
  • Those injuries have affected his performances at times, though his goal tally hasn’t dipped.
  • Abraham has outscored Kane in the Premier League this term by eight goals to five.

Both strikers have started the season in fine goalscoring form, though Abraham is perhaps in better shape having emerged as Chelsea’s main man up front while Kane’s Tottenham currently look disjointed.

Regardless of Abraham’s fine run in front of goal, the 22-year-old and Callum Wilson remain behind skipper Kane in the England pecking order.

And Abraham says he is eager to take lessons from the man who will likely lead the line against the Czech Republic on Friday.

“Harry’s someone I’ve grown up watching,” said the Chelsea star. “For me he’s the best striker in the world.

“I was always excited to come here, to watch him train, train with him, and hopefully maybe play with him as well.

“He was always going to be my idol. Not just here. I’m here to stay, to do well, the best I can.

“I’m here because right now I’m doing so well, joint top goalscorer in the league. Hopefully I’ll get my chance and take it.

“I’ve come here to steal ideas. I’ve come to learn the other parts of Harry’s game, add it to my game as well.

“You see his finishing, left foot, right foot, just take that into my game so when I go back I can work on myself and practice.”

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Kane vs Abraham

While Kane is clearly ahead of Abraham in the England set-up, the captain has actually been outperformed by his understudy in the Premier League this season.

As well as outscoring Tottenham’s talisman by eight goals to five, Abraham has also managed more shots on target per 90 minutes (2.34) than Kane (1.13).

What’s more, he has created more chances for his teammates per 90 minutes (1.41 to Kane’s 0.76) and won more duels (4.69 to Kane’s 3.9).

Gareth Southgate will be pleased to have an in-form striker in reserve in case Kane picks up another injury this season.

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