Rio Ferdinand hails ‘special player’ Harry Kane following his goal-scoring return to action for Tottenham – and backs England captain to overtake Jimmy Greaves as club’s all-time leading scorer after moving to second with his 208th strike against West Brom
- Harry Kane marked his return to action with a goal in the win against West Brom
- The England talisman featured just a fortnight after injuring both of his ankles
- Rio Ferdinand has hailed Kane’s impact after his strike and labelled him ‘special’
- The pundit also tipped Kane to become Tottenham’s all-time leading goal scorer
Rio Ferdinand has lavished praise on Harry Kane after the Tottenham talisman’s explosive return to action in the win against West Brom.
Kane, 27, was handed a shock start on Sunday afternoon after recovering from injuring both of his ankles against Liverpool just a fortnight ago.
The gamble from Jose Mourinho paid off in style, however, with Kane on target against the basement club – and Ferdinand quickly hailed him as a ‘special player’.
Rio Ferdinand has praised Harry Kane after his explosive goal-scoring return for Tottenham
After his strike in north London, Kane moved into second spot on the list of Tottenham’s all-time goal scorers.
The England talisman holds the accolade along with Bobby Smith, with both having netted 208 goals, and is edging ever closer to usurping club legend Jimmy Greaves.
Greaves hit 266 goals in total for Spurs, meaning Kane has to net 59 more to reach top spot.
BT Sport pundit Ferdinand labelled Kane a ‘special player’ after Tottenham downed West Brom
And Ferdinand believes Kane will eventually claim the record for himself, telling BT Sport: ‘He can if he stays here, if he stays injury free he definitely takes that record.
‘He’s a special player. You hear the words from Jose Mourinho about him. He knows the value of this player, not just in terms of his goals but his presence.
‘He comes in and the mindset changes for Tottenham.’
Tottenham notably struggled in Kane’s absence, having lost two consecutive games, and fell adrift of the Champions League places.
Ace Kane has also been tipped to usurp Jimmy Greaves’ (pictured) all-time goal scoring record
His return propelled the team to a crucial win, though, and helped ease the pressure on boss Mourinho.
‘For Spurs’ dressing room, having Kane back gave them a huge lift,’ Ferdinand added.
‘They looked down, lacked morale last time against Chelsea. Today was very different. It was a great win, great performance when they needed it.
‘Jose needed it, we talked before about how losing could have derailed their season. They’ve got their season back on track and are now looking at the teams above them.’
Kane netted against West Brom having returned to action two weeks after injuring his ankles
The result currently leaves Tottenham four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool – but Ferdinand insists a late charge for the upper reaches of the table will only be possible if Kane can stay off the treatment table.
He said: ‘Kane has to stay fit 100 per cent. If they can remain confident and consistent, they’ll have a chance.
‘They’re in competitions, they’re looking up now. Their fixture list may seem easier than what it did before and now they have some of the big games out of the way.
‘So I think Jose will be throwing that in the dressing room for this team to go forward.’
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