Antonio Conte has praised the efforts of Harry Kane, describing the forward as one of the best strikers he has worked with in his career as a manager.

Kane recently completed ten years since making his bow for Spurs in the Premier League, having made his first appearance in the English top flight as a late substitute against Newcastle United on August 18, 2012.

Since establishing at Tottenham Hotspur in the 2013/14 season, the marksman has flourished. He now has 249 goals in 388 appearances across all competitions for the north Londoners (transfermarkt) and is currently in joint-fourth place in the Premier League all-time goalscoring charts alongside former Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero with 184 goals (Premier League).

Kane has just two years left to run on his current deal at the club with The Athletic claiming earlier this month there is ‘more confidence’ at Tottenham ‘than there has been for some time’ over the prospect that a new contract could be signed.

The Italian also praised the influence the 29-year-old has within the dressing room with the standards he sets for himself, proving to be a good example to his team-mates.

Conte told Football. London: “For sure, he is one of the best strikers that I had in my career as a coach”

“The characteristic that hit me about Harry, is that he has great talent, he is a number nine but at the same time can become a number 10 during the game.”

“But what I love about him is the desire, the will to work and to be a good example for his team-mates.”

“I appreciate that a lot, I love it, to see a player, a world class striker to be a good example, because if you have this type of example it is more simple with you to work with the rest of the players.”

Our View

There is absolutely no doubt that Tottenham are in a better place right now than they were last summer. The appointment of Antonio Conte seems to have injected the Lilywhites with newfound confidence and Kane seems to be a much happier man.

He now has a squad that can challenge for trophies and also competing in the Champions League. Working under Conte is also likely to be a driving factor for Kane and the next few months could be crucial in whether the player commits his future to the club.