Today I read quite an amusing article largely focused around the man who is set to lead his national team out on the field at Wembley tomorrow morning (NZT for those in the motherland who may be reading). That article bemoaned the success of two largely average players, as opposing fans would have us believe – one a tap-in merchant and the other a temperamental little boy – who have somehow conned their way to being the most sought after players in Real Madrid’s real life game of Fantasy Football.
Another recent read has suggested that Harry Kane should feel no pressure to depart for warmer climes, given his undoubted talent and the prospect of potentially leading Tottenham to Premier League glory within the next few years, delivering the title we’ve all been waiting for since 1961. Indeed, greatness may be on the horizon for Sir Harry, and when he eventually does sit on his throne, it will be as the new King of White Hart Lane (or whatever we decide to name the new Stadium!)
Despite all the talk about Harry Kane, one thing is for certain and that is that he will be a Tottenham player for the remainder of this season, and probably a few more to come. But what if he does follow in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, in a move that Daniel Levy will almost certainly look to double the profit he made on that deal at the very least?
When Tottenham sold Bale, it spelled the end of an era, so some believed. Tottenham’s resurgence under Harry Redknapp and (to a far lesser extent) AVB would come to a shuddering halt, and the mid-table mediocrity that dogged Spurs through the 1990s would soon return. The seven signings that replaced Bale all struggled, at least initially, but even Tim Sherwood, a man so devoid of any tactical nouse, managed to steer that team to a top-six finish. Tottenham managed to hang on to their status as one of England’s elite clubs, on the cusp of Champions League football even without the Welshman.
Not even the complete incompetence of the gilet-throwing Sherwood would do any more than just slow the progress of the club, and within 18 months of his successor taking the reigns, Spurs were infinitely stronger than they had been, even with Bale in their side.
The reality is, while there is no reason for Kane to leave, and while I remain convinced that he has no intention of doing so, even if he does, Tottenham will still compete for Champions League football and more for the foreseeable future.
Long live King Harry, and may the Spurs go marching on.
STEVE PERRYMAN – A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH A TOTTENHAM LEGEND