Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has weighed in on the other striker he has played with who is most close to Harry Kane.
Mourinho was fired as Tottenham’s manager six days before the Carabao Cup final. He maintained a strong working partnership with Kane during his stay.
Mourinho drew comparisons between Kane and Karim Benzema. He has managed both at Real Madrid, in an interview with The Times (as cited by Spanish outlet Marca).
“When was the last time I saw a striker play like Harry Kane right now, with the moves he makes? Benzema! Because Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Romelu Lukaku were not that. As a result, figures do not always correspond to fact,” Mourinho said.
Benzema was a consistent goal scorer who worked well with Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu under Mourinho’s tenure, improving his game to become a full striker.
Kane was still regarded as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers before Mourinho’s arrival, but his stock has risen even higher after working for the Portuguese coach. The first episode of Tottenham’s Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’ centers on Mourinho discussing how he will help Kane hit new heights.
Despite the Spurs’ flaws, the 27-year-old has done exactly that. Kane was shaped into a well-rounded forward by Mourinho. Slipping lower and (finally) racking up assists while still attacking from all directions.
So far this season, Kane has a career-high 13 league assists to go along with 21 Premier League goals. Demonstrating how he has been able to bring a new dimension to his game as a maker for teammates as well as a scorer.
Spurs’ struggle to secure silverware this season. This has fueled transfer speculation from both sides. Kane has made no secret of his desire to win trophies as a club.