Date of Birth: 28th July 1993 (age 24)
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Jersey Number: 10
Harry Kane was born in Walthamstow and has Irish ancestry through his father. On moving to Chingford, Kane attended Larkswood Primary Academy where he began playing soccer. He recalls that his sporting genes came from his mum’s side of his family. Harry Kane began playing for a local club, ‘Ridgeway Rovers’ before joining the Arsenal youth academy. He was unfortunately released after one season from the Arsenal youth Academy, and this release was disappointing according to manager Arsene Wenger. His unsuccessful trial at Tottenham Hotspur forced him to return to his old club for a short span of time. Although Kane eventually passed the trial for Tottenham Hotspur, he did not stand out within the club for a considerable amount of time. He began scoring goals in the 2009-10 season, where he scored 18 goals in 22 appearances.
Kane’s next few years with Tottenham were relatively slow. Although he did not get much playing time, he continued to score a few goals here and there. On 23 October 2014, Harry Kane scored his first professional hat-trick for Tottenham. During the same match, he was forced to play in the goal as their goalkeeper had been sent off with no remaining substitutions. Unfortunately, he conceded a goal in the three minutes he served as the goalkeeper. Kane’s performance was gradually improving and his goals and assists bagged him the title of Premier League Player of the Month for January and February 2015. After his 6 years at the club, his dedication and loyalty towards the club was very evident. He took every major loss personally, by describing their loss to rivals Chelsea in 2015 as the “worst feeling in the world.”
During the 2015-16 season, Kane’s jersey number got changed from 18 to 10, previously worn by Emmanuel Adebayor. The number 10, regardless of the club, is a highly respected number and is worn by few of the best soccer players in the world. Kane was named Premier League Player of the Month for the third time in March 2016, after scoring 5 goals in 4 games, including one in the North London derby. Harry Kane began his 2016-17 season as captain of Tottenham’s opening match. He finished the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons as top scorer and aided Tottenham in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on both occasions.
Harry Kane’s former coach, Alex Inglethorpe said that Kane surprised him in his great soccer abilities and technique. He stated that Kane was a very flexibile player and could adapt to any position, easily. As a teenager, Kane struggled to perform at a similar level as his peers because he was not as physically developed as they were. He overcame this obstacle because of his desire for self-imrpovment and assistance from his coaches. Along with tap-ins, Kane also specialises in taking on target long distance shots. One trait that is very evident from Kane’s style of playing is his passion for soccer.
Harry Kane has definitely gained the trust of Tottenham fans through his insane game sense and high number of goals. Many soccer experts believe that Kane peaked during the 2016-17 season, but I believe that he still has a long way to go. Kane believes in his team and has repeatedly stated that he will spend his entire soccer career with Tottenham Hotpsur.