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Bournemouth's Howe on 'outstanding' Kane and our overall threat

Posted on 13 October 2017  - 18:19

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reckons Harry Kane deserves to be mentioned among the top players around, but is nevertheless quietly confident his team can keep him at bay at Wembley on Saturday.

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We host the Cherries as we return to Premier League action after the international break and boss Howe, whose side battled out at goalless home draw with Leicester City a fortnight ago, has been speaking about the prospect of facing September's EA SPORTS Player of the Month ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

"Harry's an outstanding player," he told reporters. "I've obviously watched him closely in the last few weeks and his performances have been outstanding.

"Someone who does as well as Harry does consistently, when his desire doesn't change from game to game, has earned the right to be compared to the top players in the world.

"We kept Jamie Vardy quiet who's another good striker in our last game and if we can do that again we'll be happy."

We beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 and Barnsley 1-0 in the Champions League and Carabao Cup respectively at the national stadium last month, but we'll be targeting a first top flight win under the arch this weekend.

"Tottenham will be fine there, it's about acclimatising," said Howe when asked about our Wembley form.

"They're still a very capable and talented team as you saw in the game against Borussia Dortmund recently. We have to treat it as we're playing Tottenham, not the new stadium. It's about how we approach the performance. The bigger the crowd, we hope the bigger performance."

PICK UP YOUR MATCHDAY PROGRAMME ON SATURDAY

Toby Alderweireld adorns the front cover of our official matchday programme for Saturday's match against AFC Bournemouth, featuring:

- Main feature interview with Ben Davies
- Discussion Panel: Belgian special on Jan Vertonghen's new international caps record
- Mauricio Pochettino’s exclusive programme column
- Wembley Memories with modern-day Spurs legend and current Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe
- Tottenham Tales: Recalling our friendly fixtures at Bournemouth down the years
- 100 Club: How Glenn Hoddle reached his century of Spurs goals

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All this and more is in Saturday’s programme – buy yours from one of several points around Wembley Stadium, still £3.50 for 100 pages. Alternatively, buy individual issues online here or subscribe for the season here.