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Spurs v Everton - analysis - Les Ferdinand on Kane and Lukaku

Posted on 4 March 2017  - 08:45

Sunday's clash at the Lane against Everton sees a fascinating battle between two strikers at the top of their game - Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, who both sit proudly level on top of the Premier League goalscoring charts (with Alexix Sanchez) on 17 goals going into this weekend. Legendary hitman Les coached Harry in his younger days at Spurs and is a huge admirer of both Harry and Belgian international Lukaku. Here are his thoughts on a tale of two strikers...

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Les Ferdinand

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39 goals in 149 appearances for Spurs - 1997-2002
17 England caps, 1993-98
Eighth in all-time Premier League goalscorers - 149
Coach at Spurs - 2008-2014
Now Director of Football at QPR
 

Les on Lukaku

 "He's what I'd describe as a 'traditional number nine' in that he's big, strong, solid, quick and he's a threat, isn't he? He's learned all about the Premier League and now he's flourishing."

Lukaku's strengths

Les: "His size, he's good with his back to goal and once he gets turned and he's running at you, it's all over! He's almost unplayable because he can go short, hold the ball up or spin in behind and then if he picks the ball up and needs to run with it himself, he can do that as well. He's almost the complete striker. I would say though that I'm not sure how many goals he scores with his head - that's why I'm saying 'almost'."

Below: Romelu Lukaku celebrates a recent goal against Sunderland

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Big goals

Les: "Lukaku scores important goals as well. It's okay scoring when you are 2-0, 3-0 up, but can you go and get that decisive goal to go on and win a game 1-0? That's another way I like to judge strikers and he's capable of doing that as well, as is Harry."

Les on Harry

"Wow, he's been on fire. I had the privilege to be working the Stoke game for TV, for the Premier League, and I watched him thinking 'he's just going from strength to strength'. The second goal, the volley with his left foot, that's probably where he's got the edge over Lukaku in terms of shooting ability because Lukaku is very dominant on one side whereas Harry can hit the ball with his right foot, left foot and score all types of goals. As well as the volley, he also had that curler with his left foot in the second half, where he cut inside and the goalkeeper made a great save. In the first half, he hit a right-foot shot just wide from 30 yards. In terms of striking a ball, Harry's right up there with the best I've seen."

Below: Harry celebrates his hat-trick goal against Stoke last Sunday

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All about hard work

Les: "It's about hard work on the training pitch and that's something Harry absolutely epitomises. I've always said, when you watch Cristiano Ronaldo ping a free-kick into the top corner for Real Madrid, it's not because he woke up that morning and he could just do it, it's all about work, work, work. Now you see Harry hit that volley against Stoke, scoring his penalties, that is constant practice on the training ground, something he's been brought up on at Spurs."