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Pulis heaps praise on Kane

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has hailed rising Spurs sensation Harry Kane as a shining example of a young, modern-day footballer.

Pulis has another emerging star under his wing in Saido Berahino, but has warned the talented striker he is far from the finished article, with lessons to potentially be learned from Kane.

Albion's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday throws up an intriguing battle between the two players, both aged 21 - born just a week apart - and who both wear the number 18.

Kane has been a revelation for Spurs this season, scoring 18 goals in 32 matches, and Pulis believes he has displayed the ideal temperament for a player who has hit the big time so young.

Berahino, meanwhile, has shown signs his new-found status has gone to his head this term, such as failing to celebrate any of his four goals in the 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead at the start of the month.

More significantly, and a few days later, Berahino was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence that had taken place in October.

Initially reflecting on Kane, and another Tottenham talent in 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason, Pulis said: "They are fantastic players who have come through the Academy system.

"The supporters can relate to them. They are local lads, and both of them are Tottenham supporters I believe - Harry definitely - so it is really nice to have kids come through and play for the team."

Asked if he was a fan, Pulis added: "Kane has been outstanding.

"His attitude is so refreshing, and he has proven beyond doubt he has the talent to play in the Premier League.

"He did so well in respect of his early games, he brought life (into the team) and he actually carries the flag for them.

"He leads them out. They take the pace of the game off him at times, which is wonderful when you have a striker like that.

"To be fair to Tottenham they have certainly found two gems in those two."

When suggested to Pulis that Berahino and Kane are the two most exciting young English strikers in the country, he replied: "Saido has a long way to go. I don't think he is in that bracket yet.

"Kane looks as though he is a lad who has bitten the arm off to get that chance and he is not going to let it go.

"That is what you want, you want players to have that desire and commitment.

"It is a wonderful game and a wonderful life and they get paid extraordinary amounts of money.

"Sometimes they get lost in the wash, where really and truthfully their whole life should be committed to becoming better players, to performing better week in week out.

"There are so many things that surround footballers these days that sometimes they forget the main reason they are what they are is because they have been blessed with a talent to play football and they have to be reminded of that at times."

Pulis goes into the game with virtually a full squad, with new £4.75million signing Callum McManaman included and poised to make his debut.

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