Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed striker Harry Kane is “one of the world’s best strikers” following his brace in the 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday evening.
Kane missed seven weeks of action after suffering ankle ligament damage earlier this season but he bounced back before the international break.
He scored in the draw against rivals Arsenal before firing his side up to fifth thanks to two late goals against the Hammers.
West Ham opened the scoring through Michail Antonio, but Spurs midfielder Harry Winks responded.
Manuel Lanzini then fired West Ham back in front but Kane scored two goals inside two minutes to ensure his team remain one point behind the Gunners.
Kane has been working on his fitness and has been linked with a move away in recent weeks but Pochettino believes the 23-year-old is now proving himself as one of the best strikers in the game.
He told Sky Sports: “He’s back. He’s one of the best strikers in the world. When you play without your main striker for 10 or 11 games it’s tough for any team. He’s a player who is very important for us.
“It wasn’t ideal to have Harry on the pitch for 96 minutes, that’s true, but it’s difficult to take him off when you need to win the game.
In the end we pushed him but now he’s very happy with energy and that can help him recover.”