“Harry Kane is England’s priceless gem, his boot is golden,” exclaimed commentator Peter Drury as Kane blasted home a penalty for England in the 2018 World Cup. Though the England and Tottenham Hotspur striker has remained that priceless gem, his prolonged wait for a major trophy still prevails at the club and international level.
Kane has been a part of the Tottenham football setup since 2004 and slowly escalated up the ranks from the Under-18s to the main squad. However, he was not an overnight sensation and had to struggle through numerous loan spells in lower-division teams like Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester. In these spells, Kane had some reasonable outings but was not outright successful as he struggled to get game time and did not manage to play more than 20 games in any of his loan spells.
However, there was a change in the 2013-14 season when Kane decided he would compete for his place with Tottenham and convinced the management to not send him on loan again. That season, he managed 10 appearances in the Premier League. Nothing great in terms of games, but Kane’s growth as a striker was colossal. During the 2014-15 season, he earned 34 appearances and scored a whopping 21 goals. Nevertheless, Kane was scrutinised and termed a one-season wonder.
However, 166 goals later, and that tag has been put to rest.
As of 2021, Kane has been the top-scorer and top playmaker in the 2020-21 Premier League season, a runner-up in the 2018 Champions League and Euro 2020 and lastly a fourth-place finisher for England in the 2018 World Cup. Though he has broken numerous individual records, Kane has yet to win a major trophy internationally or at the club level. And for a player of his quality, it is nothing but underwhelming.
Kane recently admitted that he wants to reach the level of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and that without winning trophies those goals seem far-fetched. He wants to win and playing for a club like Tottenham, who finished a lowly seventh in the Premier League last year and who have not won a trophy since 2008, it seems unlikely that Kane’s dream is going to be fulfilled.
Nonetheless, this could all change this summer. Kane has publicly admitted in an interview with Gary Neville that he is open to leaving Tottenham and will be having conversations with club chairman Daniel Levy after the Euros. This statement has already lined up clubs like Manchester City for the English talisman, who is currently valued at 108 million pounds. Furthermore, in the same interview, Kane admitted he would love to play alongside Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, which has only added fuel to the fire of this saga. City recently released their premier striker Sergio Aguero, who happens to be Kane’s next target on the goalscoring charts. Though this seems like a match made in heaven, it will need City to break their bank and all transfer records.
Now aged 27, Kane is in his best form, and to fulfil all his dreams and goals it would be ideal for him to leave for a top team that is regularly fighting for trophies. As of now, Tottenham are adamant to keep their talisman no matter how much money has been put on the table. Though no bids have officially been placed, it would be unfortunate to see one of the greatest English talents ever not get an opportunity to compete at the highest level.
So as of now, it is your move, City.