Year of the Hurri-Kane!
08 January 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Local lad, Spurs schoolboy, Academy scholar and now first team striker, goalscorer and fans’ favourite. It was quite a 2014 for Harry Kane.
The ‘Hurri-Kane’ swept all before him in 2014.
It was a year that started with a place on the bench at Old Trafford and a famous 2-1 win on New Year’s Day and ended preparing for a shot at the title-favourites on New Year’s Day, 2015 - and we all know what happened there!
From a goal on his first start for us in the Premier League, sparking three goals in three games in April to impressive performances on our US tour in July, goals galore including his first Spurs hat-trick in the Europa League enabling him to push on to become a regular in the Premier League, plus a new contract, plus starring for England Under-21s and helping them to the Euro Finals - just about everything Harry has touched in 2014 has turned to gold.
He even managed to impress NFL champions Seattle Seahawks with his American Football skills - a real highlight for a NFL nut - and fizz a bullet of a pitch into the catcher’s glove while taking the ceremonial First Pitch at Wrigley Field, world-renowned home of the Chicago Cubs in baseball’s MLB.
But what means most for the 21-year-old from Walthamstow is quite simple – pulling on our famous white shirt and doing the business for the club he loves.
“It’s always a proud moment, pulling on the shirt, walking out the tunnel at White Hart Lane. It’s special and even better when you are scoring goals and doing well. You know what it’s like to be a fan and to come through the system. Hopefully I can keep doing it.”
It’s a love affair that has reached 10 years already.
“I was 11 when I joined the club,” he said. “I started training at Middleton House, basically where we are now (our Training Centre, Hotspur Way) but before we had this magnificent training complex. I was really excited to play for Spurs. I then moved to Spurs Lodge at Chigwell when I became a scholar and they were fantastic days for me.
“It’s been great to come through the ranks and to train and play with some of the best players in the world. Everyone knows it’s special when a home-grown player comes through the ranks and that’s the case for everyone at the club. We’ve also Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, Andros Townsend, Tom Carroll as well, all players I’ve grown up with at the club and it’s a pleasure to play on the main stage with them.”
What has impressed most about Harry is throughout his career, he’s responded to every level he’s stepped up to.
That started with his introduction into Academy football in the 2008-09 followed by 18 goals in 22 matches in his first season as a scholar in 2009-10. He went on to score 32 goals in 47 appearances in matches from Under-18 to Under-21 levels between 2008 and last season, when he scored eight in eight for the Under-21s before securing a regular place in the first team squad.
His first loan came at the tender age of 17 at Leyton Orient in 2011-12 and he responded with five goals in 18 matches in senior professional football.
Harry made his Spurs debut against Hearts in the Europa League in August, 2011 – the first of six European appearances that season, including his first goal - and impressed even more at Millwall between January-May, 2012 with nine goals in 27 matches.
The level of his loans increased again in 2012-13 – starting in the Premier League at Norwich, where he suffered a serious injury, before helping Leicester City into the play-offs in the Championship.
He was determined to fight for his place at Spurs in 2013-14 and was rewarded with a goal against Hull in the League Cup in October, 2013 before a first start and first goal in the Premier League in a 5-1 demolition of Sunderland in April. Goals against West Brom and Fulham followed and you felt Harry had proved his worth.
“Sometimes you need a break, a chance to showcase yourself,” he reflected. “I was handed that chance last season and I was able to take it and that has set me up for the rest of the year. It all started there.
“You have to be confident in your ability. I feel there has always been a progression everywhere I’ve gone including my loan spells, but at the same time I’ve always gone away with the feeling that I want to return and to be a Tottenham player. I have the belief that if you work hard, the rewards are there.”
Harry’s hard work and eye for goal have seen him reap those rewards - 15 goals by the turn of the year and now 17 after his famous double against Chelsea.
“The target was double-figures first and to see how long it took, I’m there already so the next target is 20,” he added. “If I can get to 20 that would be a great return for a striker, especially for someone like me, a young lad coming through. So that’s the next aim, hopefully I’ll get there.
“We’ve had some special moments as well, like the last-minute winner at Villa. These are moments I won’t forget, especially being able to celebrate with our fans. We’ve managed that a few times this season!”