His career since his breakthrough in April, 2014 reads like a film script...
Academy striker makes it into the first team, scores a hat-trick and goes in goal in the same match, scores twice in a 5-3 win against Chelsea, scores twice in a 2-1 win against Arsenal, scores 79 seconds into his England debut, back to back Premier League Player of the Month awards, named PFA Young Player of the Year, scores 31 goals in total in his first full season, PL POTM again, wins PL Golden Boot in his second full season with 25 goals, named in PFA Team of Year, starts England’s matches in Euro 2016, gets injured, comes back with a derby goal at Arsenal...
And that’s just the start.
The latest chapter in Harry’s story is a new contract which will run until 2022.
Below: Harry speaks to Spurs TV on his new deal
“Everyone knows how much I love this team and how I feel about this Club and to sign another contract is a special feeling,” he said. “We’ve got a great, young squad, the Club is moving in the right direction and I had no hesitation in signing.”
Many things have changed in Harry’s life, but his desire to push himself, the will to win and his love of this Club stay the same.
“That’s important, especially when you are younger and you do break through into the first team, you get a lot of publicity and it can get to your head a bit. You might stop doing the things you were doing to get to that stage.
“I’m a strong believer that, okay, I got my chance and took my chance but now it’s time to work even harder to maintain that level. I want to be a top striker year in, year out, scoring goals and I know I have to work hard every year to maintain that.”
What has changed since you broke through at the end of the 2013-14 season?
Harry: “A lot has changed, obviously outside of football, being recognised more, getting more attention from that side of things. On the pitch as well, maybe getting more attention than I’m used to. It’s crazy. It feels longer than three years, it feels like I’ve been around for ages! There have been ups and downs and it’s been a great experience so far, I’m learning every day and I’ll continue to do that for the rest of this season and the rest of my career.”
You’ve certainly packed a lot into a short space of time!
Harry: “The progression has been very quick. I first broke into the team, then scored in the Europa League, then started scoring in the Premier League, scoring in big games, a cup final, new contracts - a lot has happened. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and I haven’t really taken it all in to be honest, it’s always onto the next thing. Even now, I’ve signed a new contract and it’s onto the next thing, working hard and trying to get better. The next step for us is to start winning trophies and being in those high-pressure games.”
Below: Harry returned from injury with a goal at Arsenal
You’ve had a few knocks as well like the end of last season, Euro 2016, the injury this season, how you come through all that okay?
Harry: “Yes and again, that’s part of learning and part of your experience. Football is never going to be one big high, it will be ups and downs like losing the cup final (League Cup, 2015) or the end of last season or England in Euro 2016, all disappointing times in my career but they all make you stronger and hungrier to come back and prove to people you can do it. That’s all part of the learning curve.”
How are you dealing with life away from football? You are expecting your first child, how do you balance it all?
Harry: “I think it’s important that family life and friends are separate to football, Of course, they will all come and support me, but I think you need an escape as well. We’ve a baby on the way and you need people to talk to when things aren’t going too well or when they are, people who you can celebrate with and enjoy those moments with. I’m very laid back, very calm in most situations. My football’s my football, I give everything when I’m on the pitch and when I go home, I have my family and we spent time together. I’m looking forward to the future and everything it brings.”
All this, and you are still only 23!
Harry: “I feel older than that! I’m still a young man but I feel I’m at a stage in my life and career where it’s time to take that next step, I’m really excited about starting a family and football is all about working harder every day to progress, to maintain my level and try to get better and better, to keep learning, which I will from the gaffer and the players here. That’s all I’m focused on.”
That’s what got you here in the first place!
Harry: “Exactly, I’d be very silly to forget that and it’s even more important now to work even harder if I want to progress.”
Just finally, looking the team, where do you see us at the moment?
Harry: “The form of the last couple of months hasn’t been where we want it to be because we’ve set such high standards. It isn’t the time to panic or be worried. The performance against Chelsea was very good, even though we didn’t win, which was disappointing. We’re in a good place. We’re not far off the top and we’ve a very long way to go this season.”