Harry Kane has elevated his game this season in response to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho signing Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius in the summer transfer window, believes Paul Robinson.
The 27-year-old striker has 10 goals and eight games in only nine appearances for the north London outfit this season.
He has contributed to six goals in the past two Premier League matches with Spurs the highest scorers in England’s top flight.
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That’s despite summer signing Bale, signed on loan from Real Madrid, having yet to start a league match while fellow new addition Vinicius, who joins on a season-long loan from Benfica, is also still to make an appearance.
But former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson reckons England international Kane’s superb start to the season – both as goalscorer and creator – has been inspired by the pair’s arrivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“Harry Kane was outstanding against West Ham,” he told Football Insider. “He looks fit and strong this year and you are seeing the assists and goals.
“He has carried the burden at Tottenham for so long now. This summer with the likes of Vinicius and Bale coming in Harry has gone, ‘Look, I am the main man around here and you will have to do a lot to get past me.’
“He has put his shoulders back and has reached another level. He has been absolutely outstanding. The players coming in have incentivised him to go up another gear.”
Alan Shearer meanwhile hailed Kane’s performance in the 3-3 draw with West Ham as “outrageous” after he scored twice and set up Son Heung-min’s goal.
He told the Premier League’s official website: “An outrageous all-round performance which had everything.
“He scored two fantastic goals, produced a glorious pass for Son Heung-min’s strike and made a great last-ditch block in his own box.”
Kane is just two goals from overtaking Les Ferdinand as the 10th highest goalscorer of all time in the Premier League.
He stands on 148 from 212 games, with Shearer atop the list with 260 strikes, which he managed in 441 appearances.
Yet ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent has asked whether or not this may be his final season with the Londoners, with Kane still to win a major trophy at club level.
“Harry Kane is working extremely hard,” Bent told talkSPORT. “I genuine believe this is the best we’ve seen Harry Kane play, in terms of his all-round game and his impact in the game.
“We’ve seen that he can score so many different goals, we understand that, but if you look at the assists he’s getting now, the way he’s dropping into midfield, creating opportunities for other players, and even doing defensive work as well.
“At the moment he’s the complete package. But I do fear for Spurs a little bit. If they don’t win anything again this season and, as well as Harry Kane’s playing now, what does he do?
“Does he stay there again for the sake of it because he loves the club? Or does he go on to another level?
“Someone of that quality needs to be playing in the Champions League. If I was Harry Kane I’d probably give it one more year and see what happens.
“But the problem is we’ve been saying that for the last few years now, and really, if he wins the EFL Cup, is that going to be enough for him to say, ‘I like what Spurs are doing, I’m going to stay’? No!
“If the top crop, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, come in for him, it’s not even a question. If they come in for him at the end of the season, you go.”
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