Patrick Vieira thrashed Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday but before the game, the Arsenal legend was asked to compare Harry Kane with Thierry Henry, leaving no doubt about who he thought was a better player.
Crystal Palace welcomed Tottenham in the opening game this weekend and Arsenal fans took great delight in watching their former captain take three points from their North London rivals for the first time in six-and-a-half years.
It should have been a tough ask for Vieira, who is still a relative novice in the managerial game, but while at Arsenal and City the Frenchman managed to win 10 of his 19 games against Spurs, losing just two. He even scored five and assisted four.
Asked to compare Harry Kane with Thierry Henry by reporters who couldn’t dream up a decent question if their jobs depended on it, Vieira replied, “Kane can finish inside box, outside box, he can create chances. He is a modern number nine and can change position.
“But Thierry Henry, I am sorry he is in a different level. I love Kane, he is a fantastic player but Thierry is still Thierry.”
During his playing days, Henry won the Premier League twice, once undefeated, the FA Cup three times, the Champions League, La Liga twice, the Spanish Cup, Ligue 1, and a Euros. That’s not even counting all his Super Cups (6).
Kane, by comparison, has won nothing. Not one single trophy, not even a Super Cup or Community Shield.
He does have six top scorer awards to Henry’s five, but then Henry has eight Player of the Year awards and Kane has none of those, either.