Friday, September 29, 2023

From Tottenham debut to Arsenal nemesis and World Cup heartache – the highs and lows of Harry Kane

Harry Kane will unlikely be a Tottenham player for much longer – be it this summer or next, the striker is destined to head for the exit door.

Kane will go down as a Spurs legend, even if his departure from the club comes under somewhat of a cloud.

Kane is a Tottenham player… for nowGetty

He broke Jimmy Greaves’ club scoring record last season – with his total standing at an impressive 280 goals in 435 games.

The 30-year-old broke Wayne Rooney’s England record too and has many, many years left to add to it.

The striker also had an impressive personal season, scoring 30 Premier League goals, in what was an otherwise miserable campaign.

The only blot on his record is the lack of silverware, losing in three separate finals while at Spurs.

Had that been different, then it may be a completely different conversation. He may have signed a new contract to stay at the north London club for the rest of his career and break the all-time Premier League scoring record.

Now, a move to Bayern Munich really looks like it could happen after the two clubs agreed a deal for the player, however, talkSPORT understands Kane isn’t fully sure about taking the plunge to Bavaria.

There have been many highs and many lows for Kane over his career so far, here at we have taken a look at some of the standout moments.

Premier League debut

Kane had made his debut for the club in 2011 in a Europa League qualifier, but had to wait until 2014 before making his Premier League bow.

His first start came under Tim Sherwood in April 2014 against Sunderland, following several loan spells away from the club.

Kane scored on his Premier League debut for Spursgetty

Kane rewarded Sherwood with a 59th minute goal and foreshadowed what was to come from his Spurs career.

“As soon as I scored it, the emotions came out, I’ve been waiting patiently and to get that goal was a proud moment,” he said after the game. “It’s the best feeling of my career without a doubt, hopefully I can push on and get a few more.”

Arsenal nemesis

Kane was briefly on the books at Arsenal as a youngster before being released and scooped up by Spurs.

He’s certainly made them regret that decision over the years, going on to become the record north London derby goalscorer.

The 30-year-old has 14 goals in just 17 games against the Gunners.

Kane loves playing in the north London derby

Golden Boot winner

Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot three times, with only Thierry Henry winning it more times than the Spurs man.

A mind-blowing stat is that his two best goalscoring seasons, netting 30 times in 2017/18 and 2022/23, has actually not been enough to win the award with Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland having remarkable campaigns to beat him to the award.

Kane’s consistency has been unrivalled, scoring 17 or more Premier League goals in nine straight seasons.

He is now second on the all-time scoring list, on 213, with Alan Shearer’s record of 260 in his sights.

Kane is a three-time Golden Boot winnerGetty

World Cup Golden Boot winner

Kane has 58 England goals, the all-time record, and one of his crowning achievements has been winning the World Cup Golden Boot at the 2018 tournament.

He scored six times on England’s way to the semi-final in a remarkable run that united the nation.

That was the first time an England player had won the award since Gary Lineker in Mexico ‘86.

Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot in 2018Getty

Final heartbreaks

While Kane has seen his England teammates rack up trophies for their clubs, he has come agonisingly close.

The 30-year-old has lost in the Champions League final and two League Cup finals, as well as the Euro 2020 final to Italy at Wembley.

Criticism has been aimed at the striker for failing to produce his best in those games, yet to score or assist in any of them.

Kane has been on the losing side of the Champions League final and two League Cup finals with Tottenham, and a European Championship final with EnglandGetty Images – Getty

World Cup heartache

The most recent heartache came at the World Cup, where he agonisingly missed a penalty in the quarter-final against France.

Kane is usually so dependable from the spot, but missed that all important chance in the 2-1 defeat.

He was devastated after the match, with another chance of silverware gone.

But a move to Bayern would surely end that trophyless hoodoo.

Kane was devastated after missing the penaltyGetty

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