Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has described Harry Kane as the ‘perfect role model’ – and called him one of the best strikers in world football.
Potter was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday to watch Spurs’ Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, a game in which the England captain scored his 11th goal in 11 games for club and country this season from the penalty spot.
Kane, who is closing in on 200 goals for his boyhood club, has had to come through some difficult times prior to his breakthrough campaign back in 2013/2014. And the former Swansea City boss, who had won just two of his nine games in charge of Brighton since making the switch from South Wales earlier this summer, is a huge admirer of the striker.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the sides meeting at The Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, Potter said: “[Kane is] the perfect role model on and off the pitch. His development has been incredible and he’s up there with the best strikers in European football and captain of his country.
“That resilience as well to keep going and believe in himself. People always focus on the success with these top players, but there’s always setbacks on the way and moments they have to get through – so credit to him.”
The man tasked with stopping Kane from adding to his five Premier League goals this term, and two strikes in his previous four matches against the Seagulls, is £20m summer signing from Bristol City, Adam Webster.
Potter added: “He [Webster] came into the group a bit late but he’s settled really well. He’s had to be patient but he got his opportunity away at Manchester City – not the best environment to go into making your debut – but he did it really well.”