At the age of 18, Harry Kane was nowhere in the footballing world. His Spurs teammate at the time, Rafael van der Vaart, had no hopes for him as a player either, recently sharing that he genuinely could not kick a ball.
Yet hard work and determination, two characteristics that define Kane’s character, have since propelled him to the brightest lights in football. He now wears England’s captain armband and recently passed Frank Lampard in fifth for all-time Premier League goalscorers.
The man that has scored 178 Premier League goals gives his all for Tottenham Hotspur every time he steps on the pitch, and his scintillating shooting, passing, work rate, and physical dominance are up there with the best in the game.
Despite all of these accolades and Kane being a sensational all-around footballer, there is still a painfully blatant elephant in the room.
Kane Still Trophyless
Harry Kane has yet to win a major trophy in his professional career, and time is perhaps fleeting as he nears the age of 30.
His club, Tottenham Hotspur, has not won a major trophy in fourteen years, and as we saw this past summer, Kane has massively contemplated escaping this sinking ship.
Manchester City, arguably the current best team in the world, pushed for a stunning £150 million move for Kane this summer, but Daniel Levy deemed the 28-year-old untouchable.
If that move went through, Kane would currently be in the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League, the Semi-Final of the FA Cup, and a two-legged title race with Liverpool. Needless to say, Kane would have probably won a trophy this year if he moved to the Manchester giants.
He could have become another one of Sheikh Mansour’s investments and a piece of Pep Guardiola’s magnificent puzzle, but what would it really have meant?
Homegrown Harry Must Stick to His Roots
Manchester City are en route to winning their fourth Premier League title in five years and have already established their dominance in England. While it wouldn’t hurt, Harry Kane is in no way essential to this operation.
As an individual footballer, winning trophies with Manchester City wouldn’t relay Kane’s gift nearly as much as winning them for Spurs could.
One Champions League or Premier League trophy would truly make it all worth it and allow Kane to go down as an all-time Premier League great and the most cherished player in Tottenham’s history.
He’s a homegrown player and no other fans in the world would be able to pridefully chant “he’s one of our own” to Kane if he departed. His relationship with the fans embodies one of the beautiful aspects of football and if Harry Kane lost that, a big aspect of his identity fades.
It’s been a mentally straining past five years or so for Kane and Tottenham, as they were so close to reaching the peak of world football during the Mauricio Pochetino era. They finished third in the Premier League twice, finished second in 2016/17, and tragically fell short in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool.
Kane is one of very few Spurs players that have survived these years and has been a part of a few massive rebuilds now, including the one in progress led by Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici.
It’s a secret to no one that the club is weaker now, but a few more pieces could bring Spurs back to a highly competitive level. Antonio Conte himself has mentioned that his goal at Spurs is not to merely finish in the top four, but to win the league.
Become a Hotspur Way Legend
Tottenham’s number 10 needs to put his faith in this project for the time being, and in two years, if Conte walks and Spurs are mid-table, he might be able to assess the situation easier.
Kane transfer rumors are bound to pick up as we near summer, and it will be interesting to see where his head is at, considering it has been at Hotspur Way almost all of his life.
If I was Harry Kane, I would instill my faith in Antonio Conte, believe in this exciting Spurs project, and take it on myself to win a Premier League or Champions League trophy with the Lilywhites.
Winning a trophy with Tottenham would mean the world to Kane and his adoring supporters, and it would help him establish himself as a clear-cut top player in the world. It would be a truly glorious spectacle and the culmination of a noble and loyal Tottenham career.
What would you do if you were Kane?
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