Pochettino: Harry Kane as good as Aguero

Mauricio Pochettino believes striker Harry Kane is now playing at the same level as Sergio Aguero. Kane scored twice in Tuesday’s win at Norwich to take his tally to 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League this season.

The England striker is now three behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who is top of the scoring charts, and two ahead of Argentina ace Aguero, whose campaign with Manchester City has again been interrupted by injury.

“Today Vardy and Kane show big quality and the same quality as Aguero,” Pochettino said.

“They are all different and come from different circumstances but if today we speak about Aguero, Vardy or Kane they are some of the best goalscorers in the world. We can’t hide that.

“Today Vardy and Kane are at the same level as Aguero.”

Pochettino’s men host Watford tomorrow as they look to close a five-point gap on surprise league leaders Leicester. Their manager has warned Tottenham fans the club’s new stadium means facing up to a lean period of spending similar to the one Arsenal have endured under Arsene Wenger.

Spurs chose not to sign any senior players in the January transfer window, despite their almost complete reliance on Harry Kane up front

It continues a marked change in policy under Pochettino, who has stayed faithful to a strategy of either buying younger players with potential or promoting from within, rather than splashing large fees on risky signings.

Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld arrived in the summer for a combined fee of just over £30m, but that outlay was offset by the sale of fringe players including Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.

Last month Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12m. Pochettino maintains he is happy with the balance of his squad, but he also points to Arsenal’s period of prudence before their new stadium was opened in 2006 and insists Tottenham must now go through a similar process.

“We have in front of us a very tough period,” Pochettino said. “I hear a lot, because I read a lot, always Google translate English to Spanish, that Arsene Wenger says the most tough period of the club was in the period that we built the stadium.

“And now I think you need to know and the people need to know this is a very tough period for us.I think the people are excited to see how we play and we need to be careful, because we need to arrive to the new stadium in a very good condition to try to fight for everything and try to show that we are one of the best clubs and teams in the world.”


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