May 21, 2015 / Athlete To Watch Harry Who?

By Patrick Galloway (@pat11g)

Harry Kane. Heard of him? You could be forgiven if the name didn’t ring a bell. It’s especially plain.

But Harry Kane is one of the emerging super stars of English football. And he’ll be in action when his English Premier League side Tottenham play Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

The 21 year old scored 30 goals for Spurs across all competitions this season and after making his national debut in March, is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s go to men up front.

Kane after scoring against Aston Villa in November, 2014.
Kane after scoring against Aston Villa in November, 2014.

His success has led to interest from Manchester United and also accolades, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year. But he signed a five year deal to stay at White Hart Lane in 2015 and the expectation amongst Spurs fans is that he could become a club icon by the time that deal expires.

Kane’s rise has been calculated. He started in an Arsenal’s junior academy at the age of 8.

“I’ve always had a football brain but the physical side wasn’t always there. When I was younger I never really had the pace or strength I have now. A lot of people said that this season they’ve seen a big difference in that. That’s a lot of hard work, in training, in the gym.”

Kane attended the same high school as the one and only David Beckham. And he’s kept his eye on his idol over the years, with Beckham having plied his trade in England, Spain and also the United States before retiring from the sport.

“He’s from the same sort of area as me [Essex]. The way he conducted himself on and off the pitch, he’s a great role model, still is. He was my hero growing up. I got to meet him a couple of times, once when he came to the Tottenham training ground to train. That was like a dream come true.”

White Hart Lane is full of tributes for their emerging hero. Fans stream in ahead of a match against rival Chelsea in March.
White Hart Lane is full of tributes for their emerging hero. Fans stream in ahead of a match against rival Chelsea in March.

Tottenham has actually played in this Country once before, back in 1985 when they lost to an Australian side 1-nil.

Just like the A-League, the EPL is in its off-season now and there are national commitments calling. Kane could be called in to join the England Under 21 side which is preparing for a European Championship at the end of this tour. So, it’s likely that he will see limited game time in Sydney.

But if he does get minutes, keep an eye on Tottenham’s number 18. We could all well be watching one of football’s next big things in our own backyard.

“I keep trying to improve. You can always get better at everything. I work a lot on my finishing. You’ve seen I don’t just score one type of goal. I score all different types. That’s down to training. After sessions: left foot, right, headers, free-kicks, penalties, all different.’’