An ode to Harry Kane:
“His attitude, work-rate…he deserves everything he’s got and that’s one of the biggest compliments I can pay. He was focused and knew what he wanted and went about getting there with hard work.” (Clive Allen)
On the day that Harry Kane turns 24, I thought it appropriate that I write an ode to the Spurs great himself. Whilst he’s breakthrough season with Spurs was only just a couple of seasons ago, Kane has made such a great impression on the premier league, that he is already considered to be one of England’s most talented young strikers in a generation. It’s almost impossible to imagine Spurs without their talisman Kane leading the line. The remarkable rise of the Londoner who has risen through the youth levels at Spurs’ academy, has developed into one of the most complete and prolific strikers in the game. Under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino he has gone on to claim the premier league golden boot for the past two seasons, even managing to score a sensational 29 league goals last term, even more remarkable is the feat if you take into consideration the fact that he missed three months of the season through injury. Kane who started out at bitter rivals Arsenal, joined our youth academy back in 2004, Kane’s journey through Spurs’ academy has seen the versatile striker play a wide range of roles, including playing as a winger and even as a holding midfielder. A prolific scorer at under 18 level, Kane seized his chance under Pochettino back in 2014 at a time when Spurs were struggling to find the back of the net.
Pochettino has built one of the greatest Spurs teams in recent memory around the England international, he’s ability to score all types of goals, Kane’s excellent work rate and willingness to get back and defend is what makes him one of the greatest strikers in the game. Kane’s far more similar to former Spurs great Bobby Smith, then he is to any other modern striker, such is Kane’s old fashioned style of play that I’m convinced he would have flourished in that great Spurs team of 1960-61. He may be no sporting maverick with a panache about his game, but he is determined and hungry to score goals which he does so very well, and that’s what makes him so great a player. The strikers remarkable goal scoring record for the lilywhites, and his astonishing statistics have gone on to win him wide spread admiration and respect off so many in the game. At every Spurs game you’ll hear the Spurs fans bellow, “Harry Kane he’s one of our own”. It’s no wonder why us Spurs fans sing that with such pride, it’s because he plays for the fans, with Tottenham Hotspur running through his veins. He may only be turning 24, but Kane is in the eyes of so many, already a Spurs legend for what he has achieved. He has mastered the role of a centre forward, managing to score every type of goal from excellent headers and powerful long shots, to poaching goals inside the six yard box. Harry Kane is the pride of Tottenham, and the best bit of his story so far, is that it is yet to come. COYS