Harry Kane hit yet another milestone this week by becoming the youngest Premier League captain.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino picked him as Spurs captain for their goalless draw against Burnley as usual skipper, Hugo Lloris, and vice-captain Jan Vertonghen were both injured. The 21-year-old has been the talk of this season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and making his England debut in the Euro qualifiers.
But is it all too much too soon for the youngster?
Whilst Harry Kane has been the player whose name has been constantly in the press it has been easy to forget the rest of the team who have helped Tottenham challenge for a fourth place finish this season. The Spurs boss cannot be blamed for giving Kane the responsibility because he has been the club’s best player. However, there were other options who were more than, if not better, qualified.
Stan Collymore suggested that Pochettino made the wrong call in picking his captain believing that Nabil Bentaleb should have been given the honour. Whilst Kane has been the club’s best attacking player this season, the midfielder has been classed as the heart of the team.
Collymore argued that Bentaleb would have been a better choice because of his position and the role he currently plays. As a midfielder, he is key in linking defence and attack as well as setting the pace of the game.
Becoming a captain used to be something that happened once you had spent a few seasons at the club getting to know the club and earning a trust and respect of the fans. Getting made captain in your first main season for a club is crazy!
Whilst Harry Kane has had a brilliant season he still has a lot to learn and a lot to prove. At 21-years-old he is still an extremely young player and needs to concentrate on what he does best: scoring goals.
Look at Arsenal’s Theo Wolcott, he was taken to the World Cup at just 17-years-old by then manager, Sven Goran Eriksson. For the years that followed many fans believed he didn’t reach his potential because of his inclusion in this squad.
The last thing anyone wants is for this to happen to Kane. Fans should praise him and love him but the manager’s job is to protect him and nurture his talent.
A great captain needs to be a great leader and someone who can look around the pitch and command respect from his players; respect that he has earned over time. While many hope that Kane will be a star and captain in the future he is not quite there yet.