Harry Kane is priceless, says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Nick Purewal 29/12/2017
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Harry Kane is “priceless” to Tottenham and could spend his entire career at Spurs, according to boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Record-breaking striker Kane is battling a cold to be fit for Spurs’ Premier League trip to Swansea on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has racked up a record 39 league goals in the calendar year, overhauling Alan Shearer’s 20-year-old mark of 36.

Shearer has since claimed Kane could stay at his home town club for his full career, leaving Spurs manager Pochettino to admit that remains a possibility.

“I think Alan Shearer knows better than me, because he’s English and knows the mentality of the country,” said Pochettino.

“Maybe he said that because maybe it’s possible.

“Maybe Harry Kane with his mentality can be the same kind of player for Tottenham as Francesco Totti was for Roma.

“And for us, our fans and everyone, Harry is a fantastic player, a great mentality and a fantastic professional.

“So yes, why not, why not?

“I think Harry doesn’t have a price, because we want him here. He’s priceless, there is no price.

“We can talk about many things, but at the end it’s talk for talk, because it’s impossible to put a price on him.

“He’s not suddenly become a superstar because of achieving an amazing record.

“Nothing has changed, he was a superstar three years ago, one year ago, six months ago and one week ago. We’ve always treated him like a superstar.

“We’ve trusted in him from day one here because we felt his potential, and now he deserve the full credit for what he has achieved.”

Spurs boss Pochettino has insisted that Kane remains not for sale and fully committed to Tottenham, backing chairman Daniel Levy to resist any bids for the England hitman.

“If someone comes to knock on my door about Harry, it’s easy for me; the answer is ‘go and knock on Daniel Levy’s door’,” said Pochettino.

“Go to see Daniel, not me.

“It’s easy for me, I think maybe for Daniel it would be difficult.”

Asked if he trusts Levy to fend off any bids for Kane, Pochettino added: “Yes of course, of course.

“We need to talk about reality. Reality is that Liverpool offers or pays £75million for Virgil van Dijk.

“If you want a player, a club asks a price and you pay; that’s it.

“That’s the reality of Van Dijk. We cannot guess or create fantasy around different players.”

Kane has struck 56 goals in all competitions for club and country in 2017, making him Europe’s top scorer.

But the 23-cap England star now faces a race against time to recover from illness to feature in Spurs’ trip to Swansea on January 2.

“Harry’s ill, he has a cold,” said Pochettino.

“He’s at home, the doctor was at his house, we’ll see tomorrow if he can come training and be here.

“We’ll see if he’ll be ready for Swansea, we don’t know if he’ll be available or not. We’ll see how he reacts.”

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Jose Mourinho has responded to Virgil van Dijk‘s £75million move by reminding Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp of his threat to quit football if astronomical fees became commonplace.

The Reds have made the first significant move of the winter transfer window after agreeing a deal with Southampton to make Van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender.

He will arrive at Anfield 18 months after Klopp insisted he wanted to “do it differently” following Paul Pogba’s then-world record £92.35million switch to Manchester United, with the German suggesting he did not want to be involved in the game if such amounts became the norm rather than the exception.

Asked about Van Dijk’s move at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen. If I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago (when Pogba signed).

“Not speaking specifically about (the Van Dijk) case because in Liverpool they do what they want, and I am nobody to comment about what they do, (but) the reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, and they really want the player, they pay this amount or they don’t have the player. That’s the way the market is.

“When we compare now the amount of money that certain managers and we try to compare that…not even with 10 years ago, (with) three years ago, it’s to compare the impossible.

“Now you are going to say Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of football. Was he better than (Paolo) Maldini, (Giuseppe) Bergomi or (Rio) Ferdinand? You cannot say that.

“It’s just the way the market is. You pay or you don’t pay. If you pay, you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don’t, you don’t have the player. It’s as simple as that.

“No criticism at all about what Liverpool did. It’s just the way it is.”

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Harry Kane‘s back-to-back hat-tricks for Tottenham took the Premier League by storm over the last couple of rounds and made it a very merry Christmas indeed for those who captained him in Fantasy Premier League.

However, 2017’s undisputed leading goalscorer is not in action this time around.

Manchester UnitedManchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool however, boast plenty of options to pass the armband on to as they all face relatively comfortable fixtures.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 21.

CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL |10.1M

Kane was the captain pick last week and he didn’t do too bad at all, just about justifying his selection. Only the three goals and maximum bonus points for the league’s top scorer then, taking his tally for the GW to 17, doubling to 34.

Unfortunately, the Englishman doesn’t feature in GW 21 with Tottenham and West Ham out of actions, although they will enjoy a Double Gameweek in the following round (maybe keep that Triple Captain chip handy).

So for this week, we’re turning to a man who makes a case for the armband literally every GW. Mohamed Salah should start for Liverpool at home to Leicester City after being subbed off against Swansea City with over 20 minutes to play.

He picked up two assists in that match as well. In fact, he’s failed to deliver a goal or assist just once in his last 10 outings. The Egyptian is easily the safest bet around for the captain’s armband.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

ALTERNATIVES

ROBERTO FIRMINO (8.9m), like Salah, was also subbed off with over 20 minutes to play against Swansea, meaning he’s likely to start against Leicester as well. The Brazilian is in great form, managing double-figure tallies in three consecutive GWs (12, 11 and 13 points ) coming into this fixture.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE (10.3m) is the only City outfield player to start every single league game this season and that doesn’t look like changing any time soon. He picked up an assist against Newcastle last time out as well. He’s now delivered returns in seven of his last 10 GWs.

BOLD CHOICE

MARCOS ALONSO (7.2m) is on his way to becoming a greater FPL asset even from an attacking perspective than Eden Hazard, unless the Belgian turns a corner soon. With two goals and an assist, he’s managed attacking returns in three of his last four outings and is currently on a run of three clean sheets as well. Facing Stoke City at home, a clean sheet at the very least seems to be on the cards for the Spaniard again.

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JESSE LINGARD | MANCHESTER UNITED  | 6.1M

At a great price, Jesse Lingard is proving to be United’s shining hope in what has been a difficult few rounds for the Red Devils. Sent on a rescue mission at half-time against Burnley, his brace to salvage a point a point means he’s now provided returns in five of his last seven GWs, including four double-figure tallies in that time.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard

SCOTT ARFIELD | BURNLEY  | 4.9M

If you’d like to go against the flow and opt for someone other than Tom Carroll, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Andrew Surman as your budget midfielder, then Scott Arfield may be your man. At jusy 4.9m, the midfielder has bagged 27 points over the last five GWs.

Scott Arfield

Scott Arfield

TWO OUTS

ROMELU LUKAKU| MANCHESTER UNITED | 11.4M

With only three goals in his last 13 games, it’s safe to say Romelu Lukaku hasn’t lived up to his billing. With the likes of Firmino racking up the points, the Belgian struggles to justify his inclusion.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

TAMMY ABRAHAM | SWANSEA CITY | 5.7M

Having been THE budget striker in FPL early on in the season, Tammy Abraham has dropped off in a big way. He hasn’t scored a goal in the last 12 GWs and has only two assists in that time. With the way Swansea have been playing as well, there’s little hope of a resurgence.

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

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