Early in this season, Harry Kane was a young player, waiting for the moment in which he could change his situation from a club’s future prospect to a place in the first eleven. Several months later, he became Tottenham’s main man and an emerging England star; how come?
The 21-year-old player, has already behind him a long journey, from Arsenal’s Academy, to Tottenham Hotspur via Watford, but the native of Chingford, Essex had always wanted to be a Spurs player. Born just five miles from White Hart Lane in a family of Tottenham’s supporters, the youngster attended Chingford Foundation and was noticed in an early age: at only eight he was playing for Ridgeway Rovers,(as David Beckham some years ago), when he was spotted by an Arsenal scout and spent a year in the club’s Academy, before to be released for he wasn’t big nor quick enough; Watford let him go two years later for the same reasons. It seems that those two attributes are essential in the Youth Academies.
When Harry finally arrived at Spurs, was already a 11 year old but he very much impressed Alex Inglethorpe, former Tottenham Academy director: “I saw Harry for the first time when he was 13 he said and given that he’s got a late July birthday, he was still playing catch-up with some of the group from a physical perspective. But he was always a promising technician and a very genuine young man with a wonderful desire to improve. Harry was always someone who was going to get better, just by the sheer volume of work he was willing to do and by the mentality he would demonstrate on a daily basis to invest in himself; he became obsessive about his finishing in all its various forms and would dedicate a huge amount of time to improve these aspects of his game” recalls Inglethorpe.
This obsession about improving his game, followed him later, when he was loaned to Millwall: ” He’s a very good finisher, very good all-round game and we’re thankful to Tottenham for letting us have him, declared Millwall assistant boss, Joe Gallen. “I think he’s going to score lots of goals in his future. He loves football, he loves training – he gets annoyed when we pull him away from finishing training, because we are worried he’s going to get a thigh strain.”
When Kane made a spectacular début for England’s national team, scoring against Lithuania, just 79 seconds after entering the game, captured not only the 80.000 cheering countrymen in the stadium and the Tottenham’s fans, but the whole nation. England’s Premier League, lacks cruelly English-born players , thus leaving the country’s top league “owned by foreigners, managed by foreigners and played by foreigners” dixit Greg Dyke, chairman of the “Football Association” the English football governing body.”We are simply not giving young domestic talent sufficient opportunities at the highest level of English Football” he wrote in an opinion article, published by The Guardian.
Does it mean that if Adebayor and Soldado weren’t out of form, Kane would be still sitting on White’s Hart Lane bench ? Tottenham’s Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino, has likened the young English to Gabriel Batistuta and insisted he will be there to help him when things do not go to plan.
What future then for the young English player ? Will he be an overnight sensation or a long-time “goaleador” for club and country ?
It’s clear, that the 21 year old is not only good in scoring goals but he can also press the opponent’s defense. Being a “goalscorer” or a “poacher” is one of best attributes of the game, but scoring goals regularly is not something that a player can control.(see Fernando Torres or Roberto Soldado)He’s always under the stressing thought to score and for heavens sake not miss “an easy one !”
This lad shows his physicality by stretching the opponent’s defense with his endless running and his excellent passing. He can also dribble, shoot from outside of the box and give playing space to his teammates.
Nobody is perfect, so HurryKane has his weak points, too! He’s a young player, still working his skills; better shooting, better passing, better finishing, he just has to continue working as he already does and hopefully he’ll become as good as George Best ! BEST as the key word !
and some stats !
|Date of birth:||Jul 28, 1993|
|In the team since:||Jul 1, 2010|
|Current club:||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Current National player:||England|
|12/13||May 14, 2013||Leicester City||Spurs||500 Th. €||was||End of loan|
|12/13||Feb 21, 2013||Spurs||Leicester City||500 Th. €||is||Loan|
|12/13||Feb 1, 2013||Norwich||Spurs||500 Th. €||was||End of loan|
|12/13||Aug 31, 2012||Spurs||Norwich||–||is||Loan|
|11/12||May 1, 2012||Millwall||Spurs||–||was||End of loan|
|11/12||Jan 1, 2012||Spurs||Millwall||–||is||Loan|
|10/11||May 1, 2011||Leyton Orient||Spurs||–||was||End of loan|
|10/11||Jan 1, 2011||Spurs||Leyton Orient||–||is||Loan|
|10/11||Jul 1, 2010||Tottenham U18||Spurs||–|