Tottenham interim head coach Ryan Mason believes Harry Kane deserves to be named Premier League player of the year, saying the Spurs forward has been the most influential individual in the top flight.
Kane is on course to be the first player to win the Golden Boot and finish the season with the most assists but he is only the third favourite with most bookmakers, behind Manchester City’s Ruben Dias and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
Told by a reporter that Kane was unlikely to win the award, Mason said: “I wasn’t aware Harry wouldn’t be in that conversation because in previous seasons most recently as well players have won that prize having not won the League, we’ve seen that a couple of seasons ago.
“In my humble opinion Harry Kane has probably been the most influential player in the Premier League this season. He’s got the joint-most top goals, most assists as well so if the trophy or prize is won on who is the best player in the Premier League, then Harry has to be in the conversation.
“Harry, consistently over the last five or six years, has been one of the best players in the Premier League and this year has been no different for him.
“The trophy isn’t for the team of the league, it’s for the player of the league, who has been the best player over the course of the season.
“Harry should be in the conversation, of course. He’s one of the best players in the world, we know that, and statistically this season he has probably produced the best numbers.”