Harry Kane’s rise has been phenomenal. We all know the story, but let’s re-cap… He was barely a first-team player when the first ball of 2014/15 was kicked, he shone in the Europa League, Mauricio Pochettino gave him a chance, Kane quickly established himself as the key man at White Hart Lane, he’s scored 30 goals in a season – the first Spurs player to do so since Gary Lineker – he’s captained the club and he’s a goalscoring England forward – he netted on his debut. Not bad, eh?
And now Manchester United are keen, with reports suggesting that Louis van Gaal has earmarked him for a £40m move to Old Trafford this summer. A switch to one of the biggest sides on the planet would undoubtedly be another big milestone, but we at FFC Towers think he’d be a fool to chase a deal this summer… and here are FIVE reasons why.
A massive fee for a young English striker with around half a season of impressive football under his belt… Hmmm, that sounds familiar. Although different styles of player, Andy Carroll situation should serve as a warning for Kane, with the pit falls of too much, too soon clear for all to see. The burly Geordie was signed for a mind boggling £35m by Liverpool back in January 2011, with his decent adaptation to the Premier League with Newcastle convincing the Merseysiders to lash a large chunk of the Fernando Torres £50m in his direction.
There were brief moments of success at Anfield – a decent full debut against Manchester City springs to mind – but on the whole the pressure and expectation that came with the inflated fee for his signature weighed heavy on his, albeit broad, shoulders. A little warning for Kane then.
Even though Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao look likely to be sacrificed, United still have captain Wayne Rooney and are being linked with some of the biggest forwards around on an almost daily basis. So, it’s entirely feasible that Kane could rock up at Old Trafford at a cost of £40m, only to then be forced to win a spot from the bench. Far from ideal.
Building from the last point, Kane is guaranteed playing time at Spurs. At the age of 21, he needs to be in the XI week in, week out to build on the potential he undoubtedly has, and Pochettino has made him his main man ahead of experienced stars such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
Another season of regular playing time awaits, which is by far the best thing for Kane, who has time on his side.
As mentioned before, Kane is at the very start if his career. At only 21 and with his breakthrough having been bewilderingly fast, the striker needs to take stock and continue to work towards gradual improvement. He has the time at his disposal to do so and White Hart Lane is the right ground to do it at.
A bit controversial, but is Kane actually that good? He has not genuine standout characteristic, with his work ethic and desire knitting together a player who is, perhaps, more than the sum of his parts. This may be wrong, but until he’s proved himself over two/three seasons, it’s hard to justify him as a forward leading the line for a club aiming to win Premier League titles and the Champions League.