There is no doubt about it that Harry Kane is now one of the best centre forwards in the world right now. After just ending 2017 with the most calendar goals in Europe, the English striker has been in absolutely sensational form and proven that he can go toe-to-toe with the very best.
Plenty of critics have stood in his way, calling him a ‘one season wonder’, but the consistency in his performances is what has elevated him to the next level and considered as one of the best forwards in the game. Kane’s diligence to his craft is awe-inspiring and should be acknowledged and praised.
To understand how much his reputation has grown, look no further than what Zinedine Zidane had to say about him when Real Madrid entertained Spurs at the Santiago Bernabéu.
“He is very good at everything. But what he does, he always does it towards the goal, so to speak. He does not just stay [still] on the field, but he always attacks space at speed. He is a complete player.”
Not only has the Real Madrid coach been praising him, but also Giorgio Chiellini, one of the best defenders of this generation: “I played one time [against Kane] in a friendly match for the national team. I think he’s one of the best in Europe.”
It is clear to see that Kane is now highly regarded around Europe and the super clubs will certainly be keeping tabs on him to see how his situation at Tottenham prevails.
What gives those clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid etc. – hope is that Kane’s contract is still relatively low. A reported £110,000 per week contract for the England international is still a third of what we could earn at one of those aforementioned clubs.
While Kane does not admit publicly that money matters to him with football, he might be having second thoughts over his future at White Hart Lane if Tottenham are not to qualify for the Champions League this season.
And at this moment in time, it is a dog fight to stamp down a position in the top four with Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and even Burnley posing threats.
Why Kane is such hot property is that he is just entering his prime years and has already delivered on the highest level – scoring six goals in five Champions League appearances, a quite phenomenal record so far.
There will be many eyes on him when his team take centre stage against Juventus in a mouth watering tie, and if he can deliver there, the Englishman can perform anywhere at any time.
For Tottenham, why it will be so difficult to keep ahold of him is the fact that they still appear to be a long way off winning any trophies. For some reason or another, Mauricio Pochettino does not take the Cups seriously and is currently not anywhere near good enough to rival Manchester City for the title.
In any player’s career, trophies and titles are hugely important. They want to be remembered for what they won, not how much they earned throughout their time at the top.
There has been clear progression under Pochettino, but if they go another season that is trophy-less, and fail to qualify for the Champions League, Tottenham could be forced into a mass exodus where their top stars, who are on small contracts, leave for bigger and better things.
Pochettino and Tottenham’s Board have to act quickly and efficiently in convincing Kane that this club is right for him, otherwise big clubs will start plotting their moves to prize the England international away – no matter the cost of the transfer fee.