The Big Interview - Harry Kane
29 April 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane's incredible season was recognised further at the PFA Awards on Sunday - his life away from from the game is now barely recognisable to what it was a year ago.
All Spurs fans know what Harry has achieved on the pitch, but to reel it off remains impressive reading - 30 goals in all competitions, 20 in the Premier League, first Spur to score 30 goals since Gary Lineker in 1991-92, first home-grown player to hit 20 league goals since Mark Falco in 1984-85, first Spurs hat-trick, first hat-trick in Premier League, doubles in wins against Chelsea and Arsenal, Barclays Player of the Month in January and February, Match of the Day Goal of the Month for January, captained team for the first time, named PFA Young Player of the Year, runner-up in PFA Player of the Year, named in PFA Premier League Team of the Year and the icing on the cake, a goal 79 seconds into his full England debut at Wembley!
But how has his life changed off the pitch in the last six months? That's what we wanted to know as we sat down with the Academy graduate at Hotspur Way...
How does it feel to be named PFA Young Player of the Year?
Harry Kane: "It feels amazing. It’s an honour and as a Premier League player, it doesn’t get too much bigger than being named PFA Young Player of the Year. It’s a special moment and something I won’t forget. It’s a proud moment for myself and my family. To be selected by fellow professionals makes it all the more special. It shows you are doing something right and hopefully this will be the first of many.”
Below: Harry with his PFA award
How has your life changed off the field in the last six months? You’ve described it as ‘crazy’.
Harry: “Yes, it has been crazy, but that’s part of it and when you are a footballer, you have to deal with things off the pitch as well. You get a lot more attention, more people coming up to you and it’s how you deal with it that defines you as a person. Things have changed dramatically for me since the start of the season but in the right way and for the right reasons.”
The fans are right behind you and that’s perhaps because you are seen as one of them, the football fan living the dream at the club he supports and doing it the right way.
Harry: "There are plenty of fans out there who want to go on and become professional footballers, especially young kids and if I can become a role model for them then great. I looked up to players when I was younger. Hopefully I can keep doing what I’m doing and keep improving. There is a long way to go in my career and I’ve got to enjoy it and do the best I can."
Below: Harry's first goal of the season against AEL Limassol in August
Go back to August and your first goals of the season against AEL in the Europa League - surely you couldn’t have dreamt it would turn out like this…
Harry: "No, of course not. If I’d say yes to that I’d be lying. I always believed that if I got the chance I’d be able to make an impact and do well but I managed to get on a good goalscoring run and I just rode that wave. I’ve grown in confidence, my game has got better and better and everything has come together, work I’ve been doing in the gym, work on the training pitch with the gaffer and the other players, it all seems to have worked this season. Again though, it’s all about how you maintain it if you can do again in the seasons ahead and that’s what I’ll be looking to do, to continue improving."
What been the key to your development?
Harry: “Hard work, patience, belief and when the chance came, making sure I took it. I was given the opportunity and I have really enjoyed my season so far. I took my chance and that’s why we’re here.”
Below: Harry slots home goal number 30 at Newcastle
You recently hit 30 goals and there have been so many milestone, how are you taking it all in?
Harry: "There are so many games that you try not to think about or dwell too much on you have done. I’m just trying to look forward, trying to improve. I’ll probably be away somewhere on a beach and then realise what I’ve done because for me personally, it’s been an incredible season and one I won’t forget. But for the time being, while there are still games to play, I’ll be looking to score as many goals as I can and see where it takes us."
Finally, what are your aims for the rest of the season?
Harry: “To win as many games as possible. There are only four games left now but we need to do the best we can and then see where we finish."
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