Harry Kane has insisted that whether a statue of himself is one day placed outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will not define his career at the club.
Kane beat a long-standing Jimmy Greaves record to become Tottenham’ss all-time top scorer when he bagged his 200th Premier League goal during his side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in February and put him ahead of Greaves as the standalone record holder on 267 strikes.
The 29-year-old has since gone on to overtake Wayne Rooney as the Premier League’s second all-time leading goalscorer last weekend when his first-half header in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace took him to within 51 goals behind Alan Shearer’s leading of 260.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told Cambridge University students he hopes to see a statue of Kane outside the stadium in north London, despite having shown no appetite to honour legends of the club’s past in such a manner (YouTube).
Levy said: ‘He can absolutely win a trophy at Spurs, but being a legend is also important.
“The fact that he’s top scorer for Tottenham Hotspur, he’s making history. I hope one day that there is a statue of Harry Kane outside our stadium.”
Both Jimmy Greaves and former manager Bill Nicholson are two such greats who have been overlooked when the construction of the new stadium was taking place.
Kane, while appreciating the words of his chairman has played down the importance of a sculpture in N17 any time soon by insisting his focus is on matters on the pitch.
He told Sky Sports: “A statue is not something that’s going to make or break my career.
“I appreciate the words the chairman said about me. But ultimately what I can do is on the pitch and I feel like I’m giving my all in every moment in every game and just trying to help the team as much as possible.”
Harry Kane has given his all for the club and is definitely a Tottenham Hotspur legend, however, what he decides to do next with his career could impact whether he one day does indeed have a statue outside the stadium.
The burning question remains will he look to seek a move elsewhere to finally win some silverware, or will he continue his legacy at the club?
A lot could depend on who is appointed as the next head coach and if ambition is finally shown to get the back club into the Champions League.
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