Former goalkeeper Brad Friedel revealed that Tottenham were always convinced of Harry Kane’s potential, despite his low-key start.
After four loan spells during the early stages of his career, Kane has since developed into one of the most renown scorers in Europe following his exploits over the past four years.
The 25-year-old has won two Premier League Golden Boots, along with the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, and sits in fourth-place in Spurs’ all-time record scorer’s list on 160 goals in 243 games.
But Friedel, who played for Spurs between 2011 to 2015, witnessed Kane’s rise first-hand from practically a nobody to the deadly scorer he is today and insists he along with the entire coaching team always knew he would be special.
“We absolutely knew how good Kane was going to be, and it was noted many times in our staff meeting and our meetings when I was starting my coaching at Tottenham,” Friedel told US Bookies.
“As a player, each and every one of us knew that he was a truly special talent.
“He has proved that hard work does pay off, and he still works harder than everyone else out there, that’s why he is so good.
“On top of that, he obviously has the talent. He scored past me in training once or twice maybe, but they didn’t count as I was over 40!”
The ex-USA international also gave his views on the Premier League title battle this season with just five points separating the top-three teams.
“There are 13 games to play, who knows who is going to win the Premier League?” Friedel said.
“Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City are all such top teams. It’s going to be close to the finish, but I hope it’s between Liverpool and Tottenham, being two of my former clubs.
“I’d let them battle it out and I would be happy to see either of them win it.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday in the Premier League with kick-off set for 1:30 PM (CET).