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Why is Harry Kane still so criminally under-rated?

Harry Kane seems to be getting better and better. RealSport looks at why he is still under appreciated by so many.


In a little over three seasons playing for Tottenham’s first team, Kane is four goals away from 100 for the club. He has has netted 51 Premier League goals in his last 58 Premier League games and currently looks to be the only viable player to potentially beat Alan Shearer’s all time record. And yet, people seem extremely reluctant to put him in the category with the world’s best, scared to put him up there with the Lewandowski’s of this world.

The complete striker

A common joke on Twitter is sarcastically labelling Tottenham’s number ten as a three season wonder, highlighting the fact some still have their doubts over him. He will also be labelled as a penalty and tap in merchant. Out of the four goals he scored against Leicester last night, two were 25 yarders from outside the box. Last season he scored one of the goals of the season against Arsenal, curling it into the top corner from an awkward angle. Kane scores all types of goals.

Kane is much more than a goalscorer. Other fans also are reluctant to appreciate this. He plays with a composure and know how far beyond his years. He is still only 23 remember. More than just a fox in the box, Kane is a very intelligent footballer, knowing when to speed the game up and slow it down. He is exceptional at bringing others in to play, can drop deep, and has a very underrated pass and first touch. He is also strong as an ox and although sheer pace is not an attribute of his, can certainly explode away from a player with his power.

Kane on the international stage

Another argument from the doubters is his record for England, and Spurs in the Champions League. This, in all fairness may have some weight to it. Until he is truly recognised as one of the eorld’s greats he must perform internationally and in the biggest club competition in the world. However, he can not be solely to blame for these failings. The England set up has been nothing short of diabolical in recent years, with no player thriving for the country. He has also played only one season of Champions League football thus far, injured for three of the group stage games, but still managing to score twice in the three games he was fit. It’s not bad going…

Silvware will follow

Granted he has not won the trophies the other great strikers in the world have.  However, to say that Kane is to blame for that is rather short sighted. He does not play for a Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid who are expected to win two or three trophies per season. He is playing for his local side Tottenham who are at the beginning of their exciting journey. Trophies will come for Kane, of that there is little doubt.

He is a rarity in football nowadays. Short sleeve, slicked back hair with no tattoos. He remains quiet of the pitch and does his talking on it. Should Spurs match his ambitions he could go on to become a one club man for his entire career, again, something of an extreme rarity in today’s money orientated game. So perhaps then there’s a tad of jealousy. Who wouldn’t want a complete forward who is one of their own? Should he remain injury free, Kane could become one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorers. Who knows, may be he could become the greatest. 

Why is Kane so criminally under-rated? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry is a massive Tottenham Hotspur fan but always remains impartial!

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