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HARRY KANE IS A SUPERSTAR IN THE MAKING AND DESERVES FAR GREATER RECOGNITION
Posted by Alex King on Fri, 06/10/2017 - 14:11
“No one likes us, we don’t care,” was, and still is, a chant sung loud be sections of Millwall Football Club fans. For Tottenham to adopt it would raise eyebrows, but it should be something Spurs’ star striker Harry Kane considers taking on board.
Kane has been the hottest striking property in the Premier League for the past couple of seasons, with his goalscoring return on the domestic front in the last three campaigns being 29, 25 and 21. With six already to his name this term, there’s a decent chance he could top last season’s 29 and hit the 30-goal mark. The last person to top 30 goals in a Premier League season was Luis Suarez in 2013/14, which highlights how tough a task it is.
You would have thought that a striker who has improved by four goals per season over the past three campaigns would be well on the way to being crowned a global superstar, not Kane. The 24-year-old is still trying to shake off the one-season wonder tag that was placed around his neck in 2014.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still dominant the football landscape, but below them are a raft of high-class players and Kane deserves to be in that conversation.
Sergio Aguero is idolised for the goals he has scored for Manchester City; no one will ever forget the ice-cold finish that brought the title to Eastlands in 2012, and he is rightly lauded as one of the game’s deadliest strikers. But his record is not as good as that of Kane over the past two seasons.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Aguero has transformed his game from penalty-box predator to all-round attacking threat, and that is to the Argentinian’s credit, but Kane has demonstrated those traits for the past three years.
Similarly, Romelu Lukaku’s reputation has been elevated to a new level since his move to Manchester United, and the Belgian tops the scoring charts this term with seven goals, but he has still to shed the flat-track bully tag he earned at Everton. He will need to do that over the course of a season and more, but Kane has been scoring against one and all on a consistent basis.
Kane combines the best of Lukaku and Aguero, being strong as an ox, possessing of a silky touch, superb at linking play and deadly in front of goal. The one slight against Kane is his pace, but he’s not slow by any stretch of the imagination. In a world of high-speed rail, he’s no steam train and would match all but the fastest defenders in a foot race.
But for the all the quality he has shown, and the love and respect he has of his Tottenham coach, team-mates and fans, still Kane has to prove himself.
People might not be buying Kane shirts in the numbers they are for Neymar, Suarez or Aguero; he might be struggling to win over the wider public, but it should not matter as Kane is top class and in the bracket just below Messi and Ronaldo.
Not everyone might like Harry Kane, but he should not care one jot as his goals will, eventually, earn him the respect and admiration he already deserves.
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