Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe has claimed that Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have formed “the best partnership in world football” under manager Jose Mourinho. The duo have been in magnificent form this season, combining for nine goal and assist link-ups in ten Premier League games.
They are just four off equalling Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s record of 13 in a single season and have 29 in the league in total, meaning they are seven short of matching the all-time record which is held by Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Lampard claimed ahead of Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Spurs that he expects Kane and Son to beat his and Drogba’s record and Defoe believes their link-up is “unbelievable”.
Asked if there was a better pairing in world football, Defoe, speaking exclusively to Reece Mennie on Mennie Talks, replied: “No, because of the numbers. I always say to people, to the youngsters at Rangers before games, ‘goals and assists’.
“Make sure you get your numbers up, because all people look at at the end of the season is how many goals did he score and how many assists did he get. In terms of numbers, there is no better partnership than Kane and Son.
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“A lot of people surprised the way that Harry has adapted, that he has dropped into a number 10 position, obviously Son is quite dynamic and can run in behind. But Harry for me, has always had that ability and has always done that in games to create.
“Obviously he is a goalscorer but what Mourinho has done, and credit to Mourinho because there were a lot of people before he took the job that were thinking ‘no’ [about Mourinho], which you saw in the [Amazon Prime] documentary, but I believe that you should always appreciate greatness because he is a great manager. He is unbelievable.
“With Kane and Son, what Mourinho has done has been incredible. Those two are the best partnership in world football at the minute.
“I think it [their form] is [down to] Mourinho understanding the players that he has got. At the end of the day, you’re not going to tell Harry Kane to run into channels. Play the width of the box like you do, you’re good to do that, and just save your energy for when you get your chances.
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“Son is dynamic, so he runs in behind. He gets the ball and he is direct, he beats people. It’s what Guardiola did at Barcelona, he played with the false 9 with Messi, with Henry on the left and Eto’o on the right. Messi is naturally going to come short for the ball, because he likes to get the ball and take people on, with Henry and Eto’o running in behind causing problems.
“Understanding what players he has. The hardest thing that you can do at the top level is to be consistent, so for those two to show that consistency, for me is unbelievable.”
When asked if Tottenham could be crowned Premier League champions this season, Defoe added: “I think they can. If you look at the results, listen to a lot of managers talking about there not being fans in the stadiums, it has been difficult because it is something that we have never had to deal with before.
“Even at Grass Roots football on Sunday mornings there are people that stand on the lines. So to go from a 75,000 stadium to nobody is difficult and you have to try and adapt.
“It probably takes a lot of pressure off some players, who will feel that they can express themselves more, home or away, because at times if you are not doing well fans can get on your back, away from home ma the away fans can get on your back, but there’s no noise now, it’s like a training game.
“When you see players playing at the training ground and you think ‘wow, I hope you can do that on a Saturday afternoon in a full stadium’, but sometimes it is difficult.
“But do I think Tottenham can win the league? Of course they can. It’s not me being biased, I’m just looking at the performances. I’m looking at the performances and we have Jose Mourinho.
“People can say what they want, but we have Mourinho and we are playing the way we are, so anything can happen. I see a trophy coming anyway.”
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