Former Tottenham academy goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has claimed that he was always convinced Harry Kane would become one of the best and revealed that the striker was always obsessed with staying back after training to practise his finishing.
Kane is now widely seen as one of the best strikers in the world and despite just entering the peak years of his career, he has already written his name into the history books, having clinched Tottenham and England’s all-time goal records from Jimmy Greaves and Wayne Rooney respectively.
However, the striker was certainly not seen as a wunderkind while coming through the ranks of the Spurs academy and was far from being the best player in the various age group sides he played in.
He also failed to make much of an impact during his loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester, but once he got first-team opportunities at Spurs, he never looked back.
Vigouroux, who played alongside Kane in Tottenham’s Under-21s, revealed that the striker’s determination to improve was visible even at a young age as he would stay back for a long time after training to practise his finishing.
The 29-year-old, who is now Leyton Orient‘s number one, told talkSPORT journalist Joe Brophy about the Spurs star: “I could definitely see it back then.
“Every day he’d be out for an hour and a half, two hours, doing extra finishing which was crazy.
“Sometimes I’d be the one in goal. For two hours, I’m missing lunchtimes, because Harry wanted to get about 150 more shots in!
“He was an unbelievable finisher, honestly, one of the best I’ve seen – really good guy as well, really humble, really down to earth and really wanted to improve.
“A lot of players looked at him and people on the outside might not have seen how good he’s been over his career but I wish him all the best because I think he’s, for me, one of the best finishers and one of the best players.
“The fact that he used to play even in the 10 [position] for us that in the [under] 21s games just shows how actually good he is.
“People don’t realise how good of a passer he is, how good at linking up play he is and to be fair he’s rightly one of the best strikers in the world.”
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Every single player who has played alongside Kane and every single coach who has worked with the striker seems to talk about the striker’s work ethic and his determination to improve from such a young age.
Those qualities have helped the 29-year-old overcome his athletic shortcomings and become one of the best in the world.
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