‘I didn’t see it coming’ – Harry Kane’s academy teammate did not predict meteoric rise

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Dom Le Roy

Few would have predicted the meteoric rise of Harry Kane over the past five years, as the Spurs academy graduate has become one of the very best strikers in the world.

Kane has the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, two Premier League golden boots, a World Cup golden boot, and a Champions League runners up medal.

The England captain also led his country to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, is Tottenham’s leading Premier League goalscorer and was awarded an MBE, all before turning 27 (Wikipedia).

Since breaking into the Spurs side, Kane has played 278 games and scored 181 goals. He has also managed 32 goals in 45 games for England (Wikipedia).

Kane was a part of that core group of academy youngsters that broke through years ago alongside Andros Townsend, Jake Livermore, Tommy Carrol, Ryan Mason, and Nabil Bentaleb.

However, Townsend has now revealed that even he didn’t see Kane’s rise coming, despite training with him every day.

He said (Talksport – 26/02/20 at 11:50 am): “For me, English players don’t get the recognition they deserve. He’s probably the best striker in the world but he’s not considered that for some reason. He won the Golden Boot at the World Cup but he’s still not considered the best in the world.

“Probably not the level he has become. From the first time I saw him, he’s always had an incredible ability to score goals. Left foot, right foot; from any position on the pitch.

“He’s bulked up, he’s quicker, he’s got stronger, he can head the ball – he’s pretty much an all-round player now. I didn’t see it coming!”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I think anyone who claims they predicted Kane becoming one of the best in the world when he first broke onto the scene is lying. The meteoric rise is down to hard graft and belief from the man himself, nothing else.

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