Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane could be an even better player if he was less obsessed with scoring.
Kane has faced questions about his form and fitness this season, amid suggestions he was looking jaded after the World Cup, but after winning the Golden Boot in Russian Federation, he has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Spurs this term, and Pochettino believes the changeable perception and coverage of Kane is a cultural phenomenon.
"That is a very good thing that happens in teams that need to win". "Harry Kane is English and sometimes you push [players] to the sky and paradise and then you put them on the outside".
"It is hard to push but when they are there they try to keep up there".
"It's similar in Spain". Here it is more up and down. If you didn't score, you are a disaster. I think it's not a criticism, it's only an observation.
'That is why sometimes when he doesn't score he is so obsessed with scoring, that sometimes it is against him because sometimes you need more freedom, not to be obsessed.
"He is a killer, an assassin", Pochettino said. "He always in practice wants to kill the keeper, everything".
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "If we are to get positive results, it will be because we are giving good performances and restricting the opponent in terms of chances and their ability to score goals against us, while we ourselves are posing a threat".
"But he's going to learn". I'm not surprised [with what he's achieving] because he's so determined.
"I am not surprised because he is so determined and in training you need to stop him training because he always wants to train, to improve and it is awesome".
"But for me Harry Kane can be or is - depending on the people around him - of a similar mentality to Batistuta".
"I know Batistuta very well. They are of a similar mind and focus and determination".