Tottenham’s Harry Kane judged in an extreme way, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Striker’s form questioned despite 10 goals this season
• Manager compares Kane to Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta

Mauricio Pochettino has described Harry Kane as an “assassin” in front of goal, as he reflected on the striker’s enduring finishing excellence and the tendency of English football fans to lurch from one extreme to the other in their analysis of England players.

Kane has had his form and fitness questioned this season, having led England to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer and then, after a three-week holiday, gone straight into the new Premier League campaign. He has started in all of Tottenham’s league and Champions League fixtures.

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