Paul Merson being left red-faced by Harry Kane prediction as striker sets new record

It has not been a bad start to the season for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

The England captain has been in superb form for his club, and was once again instrumental in their 1-0 victory over Burnley on Monday night.

With the scores level with 15 minutes to go at Turf Moor, Kane set up Son Heung-Min with a brilliantly instinctive header from a corner to allow the South Korean forward to net the winner.

In doing so, Kane set a new Premier League record in being directly involved in more goals than any other player in his team’s first six games of the season, with the 27-year-old now having already scored five goals and created eight assists.

Harry Kane celebrates after setting up Son Heung-Min’s goal against Burnley

While Spurs fans may rejoice in Kane’s superb showings, one man who may not be quite so pleased is Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

The former Arsenal man – who has regularly touted Kane with a move to Manchester United – was convinced that he would not be anything like as effective under Jose Mourinho as he was under his ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino.

And Merson may well regret the comments he made in June on Soccer Saturday after Spurs had drawn 1-1 with United in the 2019-20 campaign.

“When Jose took the job I worried for Harry Kane,” Merson said.

“He played under Pochettino and Tottenham had a go wherever they went. There were goals, there were crosses, there were shots.

Paul Merson was convinced Kane would not shine under Jose Mourinho

“He’s going to be playing up front on his own and it is going to be hard work. In the end he is trying to hit 60-yard passes just to get involved in the game and that’s not Harry Kane.

“I don’t see him getting 25-30 goals a season the way Jose will want to play, and he [Mourinho] won’t want to play like it was when he first got in there, 4-2s and 5-3s, no way.”

Merson doubled down on those claims a few weeks later while writing for the Daily Star, adding: “Jose Mourinho is one of the world’s greatest managers but I stand by what I said about him and Harry Kane.

“Certain players suit certain managers and Kane doesn’t suit Mourinho.

“Kane just wants to score goals. That’s all I was saying. He wants to win the Golden Boot. But Mourinho teams don’t make a shedload of chances.”

Kane has been heavily involved both with scoring and creating goals for Spurs this season

Despite Merson’s warning of cagey football under Mourinho, Spurs are actually the highest scorers in the division so far, with a total of 16 goals from their opening six games, while they have netted a further 15 in their four Europa League matches.

Whether the goals eventually dry up remains to be seen, but there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kane is a player who simply continues to get better and better.

Which is certainly not something Merson predicted…

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