International coach says reported Chelsea target is better at finishing than Drogba and Lampard

Steve Holland admitted that Harry Kane’s execution was greater than any of the wonderful players he worked with during his time at Chelsea.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Gareth Southgate’s right-hand man explained what it was like to work with Kane in England training.

Holland has been fortunate enough to coach some of the game’s greatest marksmen, thanks to his roles with Chelsea and the Three Lions.

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He was promoted to assistant manager with the Blues in 2011 to partner Andreas Villas-Boas.


The striking options at the time were: Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, and Daniel Sturridge.

Not to mention Frank Lampard, who was only a few years away from breaking Bobby Tambling’s all-time scoring record.

Diego Costa also came into the picture in 2014, a man who knew where the goal was.

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Holland loves Harry

However, for all the talent on show at Stamford Bridge, Holland insisted that Kane was the finest attacking architect he’d worked with.  

“He’s a really exceptional finisher. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing ones, Drogba and Lampard across my time at Chelsea, but none better than Harry,” said England’s no.2

“In terms of actually taking a chance in a game, if you give him a chance, his technical execution is as good as anything I’ve certainly ever seen.

“He’s a player who has gained confidence and belief since then and has adapted his game as he’s matured.”

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Kane on his way to the Bridge?

Holland is fortunate enough to witness Kane’s process close up whilst away on England duty.

It’s the 27-year-old’s efficiency that’s made him a reported target of Chelsea.

According to Goal, the Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward remains high on the Blues transfer priority list.

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Any dealings between the two London rivals appears very unlikely. Yet, as long as Kane is still available, there’s a chance.

If he could match anything like the output Drogba and Lampard managed in a blue jersey, his status as a legend would be cemented.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.