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Roberto Martinez wouldn't trade Romelu Lukaku for Spurs' Harry Kane

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is wary of the threat posed by "rare" Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead Spurs' trip to Goodison Park on Sunday, but he wouldn't trade his firing Romelu Lukaku for the England international.

Kane scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015, eight more than any other player, and after a slow start to this season, he has netted 10 times in as many league games.

The Toffees, meanwhile, have conceded seven goals in their last two home games and boast the worst defensive record in the league.

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Martinez, who believes Spurs are genuine title contenders, is an admirer of Kane, claiming the England international poses a unique threat to Everton's leaky defence

"Harry Kane has got real power and pace," Martinez said in The Daily Telegraph.

"It makes him a very mobile striker. Normally, you don't get both together. You get the mobility or goalscoring ability.

"Normally, you either get a striker with a lot of mobility to assist others and open spaces, or one who is first and foremost a goalscorer. To get both in one type of player is quite rare."

However, Martinez is aware that he, too, can call upon one of England's form strikers in Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is one of four players to have outscored Kane so far this term, along with Leicester duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, and the Spaniard claims he would not swap Lukaku for the Spurs man.

"I wouldn't swap Rom for anyone," Martinez said. "If you look at the attacking force that we have this campaign, it's very, very impressive.

"Rom and Harry can both drop into certain places on the pitch and they've got the ability to move the ball and get at defenders. But they both share a clinical goalscoring touch."

After a mixed start to life on Merseyside, Lukaku has transformed since being dropped by Martinez for a league match against Newcastle at the end of 2014, and he scored 31 goals in all competitions last year.

"At that moment, when he lost his place against Newcastle, there was a mindset change," the manager said. "He thought, 'I need to fight for my place,' rather than, 'I need to win a game'. From that point on, he became very clear, and now he looks fresh in every game.

"He became very consistent since Jan. 1 last year," Martínez said. "Maybe other players have dips, real highs and lows. But in January, he hit a perfect level. It's not that he's just in a good moment. He's been in a good moment for the last 12 months."

Martinez is hoping that the Belgium international's form can go some way towards compensating for Everton's defensive frailties when Spurs visit.

"The stats don't lie. We've been conceding too many goals for our liking and we need to improve on that," Martinez added. "But in the same way, when you assess a defeat, you cannot be blind to the quality of our attacking play. Clearly, Rom is pivotal to that."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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