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Harry Kane hits the net. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. 
Harry Kane hits the net. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. 
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The Graham Cummins column: Kane must move if he is to fulfill his potential and he has a long way to go to match Messi and Ronaldo

It’s easy to admire Kane’s loyalty to Spurs, says Cork City striker Graham Cummins, but a time will come when he will think it’s time to move on to bigger and better things...

Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire. 
Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire. 

HARRY KANE has defied all odds. 

From been released at the age of eleven from Arsenal to becoming one of the best strikers in the world, the Tottenham striker looks destined to become one of the greats. 

Kane made his impact in the Premier League during the 2014/2015 season scoring 21 league goals. 

Considering it took Kane until his seventh league game the following campaign to open his account, I like many others must admit, I thought he was a one season wonder. 

The fact that he hasn’t scored during the month of August in the Premier League throughout his career always raises the question in my mine, will Kane be a success this season?

Kane keeps proving any doubters wrong and this season, in particular, he has developed his game. 

I doubted Kane at the start of his career because I didn’t see what made him so special, he isn’t blessed with extraordinary skill or pace and his link-up play was questionable.

Even though Kane was an exceptional player last season, he is by far a superior player this term. 

His link-up play and his work rate have improved and he always manages to be in the right place at the right time. 

He may miss the odd opportunity but every striker does. Even after missing a chance he doesn’t shy away and will always make sure he makes amends.

Kane reminds me of an ‘old school’ centre-forward and is reminiscent of Alan Shearer – the man whom Kane broke the former Newcastle player’s longstanding record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year- scoring a hat-trick against Southampton on St Stephen’s Day.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane hits the net.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane hits the net.

Kane outscored both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in 2017 and many believe that the Englishman is at the same level as the Real Madrid and Barcelona players. 

Kane may have scored more goals than both Ronaldo and Messi in 2017 but he still has some way to go before he can be placed in the same bracket as those two. 

Kane may have scored 56 goals during 2017 but it is still the lowest figure of “most goals” tally in Europe’s Big Five leagues this decade. 

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the “most goals” charts for some time and Kane has a long way to go before reaching Messi’s 91 goals in 2012.

Kane has scored 18 leagues goals this campaign compared to Messi’s sixteen and Ronaldo’s four. Ronaldo may hold both the Ballon d’Or and Best Fifa Men’s Player but Messi is the best player in the world and neither Kane or Ronaldo are near his level. 

On current form, I would want Kane in my team for a league campaign but if it came to a one-off match I would choose Ronaldo.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Picture: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Picture: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
The Madrid player is having a poor season by his high standards but on the big occasion, he his still the player I would want by my side.

Kane’s goal return cannot be questioned but people will always look at a player’s trophy cabinet and unfortunately for the Spurs striker his does not contain any team trophy.

Kane has won the Premier League’s Golden Boot on two occasions but yet to win any major team silverware. Messi’s legacy as the greatest player of all time is questioned because he has not won a World Cup with Argentina. 

Real Madrid's Casemiro battles Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Picture: AP Photo/Francisco Seco
Real Madrid's Casemiro battles Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Picture: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Kane hasn’t won any major trophy with club or country and he needs to change this.

The 24-year-old admitted that he was “happy at Tottenham as long the club win trophies” but Spurs realistically only can win the FA Cup this season and I don’t envision Spurs winning the Premier League or Champions League anytime soon. 

Spurs restricted finances means that teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will keep gaining a gap on Tottenham because they will spend millions on and offer big salaries, to top players, whereas Spurs won’t. 

Will Kane really be happy finishing his career having won an FA Cup or League Cup?

I admire Kane for the loyalty he has shown so far to Spurs but there has to come a time in his career when he thinks, it’s time to move onto bigger things. 

Spurs wanted to sell Kane in 2014 only for then Spurs’ manager Tim Sherwood to intervene and stop the sale – not that the former Blackburn Rovers’ captain likes to brag about it!

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Kane as the “complete player” back in October and that wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by the Spurs’ player. 

At just 24 years of age, Kane is still maturing as a player and has many years ahead of him but right now his stock is high and if Madrid were to come calling for his services in the summer, then Kane should think long and hard about taking the opportunity.

Speaking about Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, Kane said “if a player wants to go then why would you stop him?” 

I think these words are an indication that Kane would be willing to leave Spurs if the right club came knocking.