Tottenham's Harry Kane (centre) celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham's Harry Kane (centre) celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Borussia Dortmund. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Spurs teammate sings praises of Harry Kane

FERNANDO Llorente says Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, but also one of the most "complete", as he offers so much more than just being "lethal" in front of goal.

The Spanish international has been at Tottenham Hotspur for two weeks since a last-minute call from Mauricio Pochettino persuaded him to join the north Londoners rather than Chelsea, but has already been struck by the overall quality - and ruthless finishing - of Kane's game.

Spurs' top scorer offered two brilliant finishes to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League this week in a generally supreme display, and it left Llorente gushing about his fellow striker afterwards.

"I think he's awesome, one of the best strikers in the world, if not to say the best," the 32-year-old said of Kane ahead of this weekend's English Premier League clash with Swansea. "In front of goal, he's lethal. The truth is he is in a sweet moment, and we have to make the best of that. He gives us so much.

"He's an extremely complete player, he doesn't just score. In every aspect, he's very complete."

Kane has become one of the greatest guarantees of goals in continental football, and his strikes against Dortmund also meant he became the first English player to score in three consecutive Champions League games since Wayne Rooney in 2010.

"That's a nice stat," Kane said. "It's important to try and produce your best against the best in Europe and Dortmund are definitely one of them. It was a pleasing performance from me personally and, of course, a massive win for the team."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, could be fit to play for Manchester United as early as November, such has been the 35-year-old's impressive response to his rehabilitation.

The Swedish legend has been out of action since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the club's Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht in April, but initial fears that it could have ended his career have proven unfounded, as his excellent physical condition is said to have greatly aided what is already seen as a recovery way ahead of schedule.

Tonight: Crystal Palace v Southampton 9.30pm; Huddersfield v Leicester, West Brom v West Ham, Liverpool v Burnley FC, Watford v Man City, Newcastle v Stoke midnight; Tottenham v Swansea 2.30am

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