BEN Mee can see shades of Alan Shearer in Spurs striker Harry Kane, as the Clarets centre back plots how to stop the frontman when Tottenham visit Turf Moor this afternoon (12.30pm).

Kane is set to be fit for the trip to Burnley having missed the last six weeks with an ankle injury.

Whether he starts or is used off the bench, Mee knows he will in for a tough afternoon against a player who scored a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last season, when Spurs won 3-0.

“He’s quality, his finishing is fantastic, he shoots from wherever, he’s got power, just his cleverness as well,” said the Clarets man of Kane’s threats.

“He’s a little bit like Shearer in his cleverness. I think he’s got a very good footballing brain.

“Every time I’ve played up against him, he’s a tough player to play against. He’s one of the top boys in the Premier League for sure, without a doubt.

“You’ve got to relish playing against the big players - that’s why we play football, to be up against the top players and challenge yourself for sure.

“It’s something you relish and playing against someone like that, you want to come out on top.”

Spurs have coped well during Kane’s injury absence and arrive at Turf Moor just five points off the top of the table.

But they are far from a one-man team and have plenty of potential match-winners with the likes of Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen in fine form.

And Mee knows Burnley must be on their guard defensively against the Spurs frontline, particularly if Kane does make a return.

“You’re looking for your whole team to defend as well when players get dragged out of position,” Mee said of the Spurs attack.

“You’ve just got to rely on the players around you and we do have a good unit.”

Asked if playing the likes of Kane brings the best out in him, Mee said. “I’d like to think so. I’ve played against him a few times.

“As a defender you’ve got to look at the threat and see how you can stop that.

“As a unit and a defence, you have to take that into account, what his strengths and weaknesses are.”

Burnley head into the game unbeaten in seven Premier League matches, winning four, but remain just three points above the bottom three in a congested table.

And Mee believes the confidence in the Clarets camp can help them continue their fine form, which has included crucial wins over relegation rivals.

The 29-year-old added: “We played the teams around us and got a few results. We beat Huddersfield and Fulham and got on that little bit of a run. There’s a bit of relief, the confidence comes, all of a sudden you’re seven games in and you haven’t been beat.

“You start to get that momentum. We have that mentality of going out and pulling in the same direction and once we get on that role it looks after itself.”