Rocking like a Harry-KANE!


  • The Gaffer
  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2015

England's forward Harry Kane kicks the ball during the friendly football match Italy vs England at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on March 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO /

He is sweet like sugar-KANE, juicy as a KANE-tucky fried chicken and He KANE, he saw and he conquered. 

Puns aside, many fans are gushing about the performance of young English international Harry Kane. This season, he has already scored 19 goals in 26 games for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and scored 79 seconds into his England debut last week. 

This 21-year-old is the talk-of-the-town and as an Arsenal fan, I should hate him but this boy has captivated me. 

Over the years, many of the England international who have played for Spurs were top class professionals.    

The likes of Ledley King, Sol Campbell, Gary Lineker and Teddy Sheringham are among names that come to mind immediately.

Kane might see himself among those names if he keeps up his momentum and not go astray like some other English talents, who tend to be overrated. 

His manager Mauricio Pochettino has likened him to Argentinian legend Gabriel Batistuta. 

Since breaking into the first team this season, Kane has been a revelation having dethroned the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado. 

Having gone on loan to Milwall, Leyton Orient, Leicester City and Norwich City, Kane has grown to become an all-action forward and this is good news for England who seemed to have found their "traditional" goal-getter.  

Before his good form, he certainly found it tough to penetrate into the Spurs squad and was criticised for his lack of finishing ability and physical presence. 

He was not convincing last season, scoring only four goals in 19 games in all competitions. 

This season, he has surprised many and I, for one, thought that he would struggle against big sides. In the North London derby, Kane was the hero as he scored two goals to sink Arsenal at White Hart Lane. 

That display caught my eye and I told myself that if he continues to improve, he might be the next Alan Shearer. 

Physically, he is not as imposing as Shearer but when it comes to predatory skills, Kane has it. 

Shearer, who is Premier League’s all-time top scorer, said that Kane ‘seems to have that natural ability to get the goals’. 

“What I like about him is that he is willing to run in behind defenders, as well as go short. When he gets the opportunities, he takes them,” said Shearer. 

Many are worried that Kane might suffer from burn out but I believe he is set to continue his good performances because he loves football. 

He just needs to beef-up his physique and improve his heading abilities.  If he does that, he will be a constant thorn for centre-backs. 

Tottenham has had to contend with stars leaving the club and I am sure, there would be many suitors for him but Spurs will need to keep him at all cost if they want to do well next season. 

They should start building the team around him and midfield maestro Christian Eriksen. 

With Kane coming up, English fans, as usual, will be waxing lyrical about him and claim that he is the next big star for England. 

I just feel that they need to lower their expectations and let him grow as a player instead of heaping more pressure on him. 

Maybe they can learn a lesson from Malaysia. Young midfielder Nazmi Faiz Mansor was touted to be the next big thing in Malaysia and when he went to Portugal to join Beira-Mar, we were all excited. 

However Nazmi returned to Malaysia barely a few months later, playing for PKNS. Since then, he has looked a shadow of himself and has yet to assert himself in Malaysian football.  

Too much pressure on a young player can be detrimental although Kane seems to have coped so far. 

His former coach Clive Allen once said, “One thing I would say about Kane, which unfortunately you don't say about a lot of young footballers, is that he had a passion for the game. He loves football, he loves playing, and he loves scoring goals.” 

With that said, watch Kane grow and terrorise defenders in the Premier League and international football in the years to come.
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