213 career goals for club and country (via Transfermarkt), one World Cup Golden Boot, two Premier League Golden Boot awards, PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Fan’s Player of the Year award, two England Player of the Year awards, four PFA team of the year selections, 10th place in THE BEST FIFA Player of the Season award, one World Cup Dream Team selection.
Pretty impressive isn’t it, but something feels wrong about these achievements – no major trophies to go alongside these nominations.
Harry Kane has already made a name for himself as one of the world’s most formidable finishers and has not only scored goals but big goals in big games in his career. But surely that isn’t enough.
It’s good to be the first Tottenham player to score 100 league goals and the second-fastest player to score 100 goals only behind the great Alan Shearer but what really cements your name in history is the titles you win with these goals, the semifinals and finals you score the winner in and more importantly the League titles your 25-30 league goals mainly helped to achieve. In this case, Harry Kane has none and that is a slap in the face for him – for someone of his prowess.
That is what makes you a legend, or you just end up being a Jermaine Defoe of Matt Le Tissier – goals and lots of them but nothing tangible to show for in the end. With Kane banging in the goals, Tottenham have crossed the threshold from just being a Europa League regular to top-four regulars and sometimes genuine title contenders in the past five years.
This season though, Tottenham have not been at their best and their 7-2 home humiliation is the highlight of what so far has been a massive drop off from what the world has been accustomed to. There is a general feeling of a lack of motivation to keep going and a loss of motivation among the players which has seen manager Mauricio Pochettino label the team to be unsettled.
Their best players, like Christian Eriksen, are wanting moves elsewhere and maybe Kane should be considering a move as well – if he wants to achieve greatness.
At 26, he has reached his peak and spending that time or those years in a squad rebuilding phase would be damning for the England captain as the team will lose its best players and ultimately continue to go on without titles.
At this point in time even Pochettino might be considering his future at a newer and bigger club and so should Kane.
He is the only active player in the League that has scored 100 or more League goals without winning a trophy and that on its own is a worrying stat (via Telegraph ).
The likes of Sergio Aguero, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski to name a few have scored loads of goals and won loads of titles to boot. At the end of their careers, they will look back on those titles and be proud.
At the end of the day, Harry Kane is a generational talent and as such must be keen to leave a mark for future generations to look to emulate because no one wants to emulate a man that went “nearly” but didn’t achieve the dream.