A Profile Of Footballer Harry Kane
Harry Kane was born in Chingford, London on 28th July 1993. He showed a natural ability as a footballer from a very young age, although the family argue whether this talent was inherited from his mothers or fathers side.
Whilst playing for a local team, Ridgeway Rovers, Kane was snapped up by the Arsenal youth academy at the tender age of eight years old. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him and he was released after just one season. He went back to his local club for a while but his dreams of becoming a professional were increased when he was signed by Watford academy in 2004. Shortly after that he moved to the Tottenham Hotspur academy to begin his development into a world-class striker.
He took part in tournaments in Mexico and Switzerland with the Tottenham under-16’s and then signed a scholarship contract with the club shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
During the 2009/10 season, Kane showed his talent and potential as he scored 18 goals from 22 appearances for the under-18’s. He was also called into the first team for cup ties against Everton in October 2009 and Bolton in February 2010, but he was an unused substitute in both.
His senior career really got started when he moved to Leyton Orient on loan in early 2011, making his debut for them against Rochdale on 15th January. He scored his first ever senior goal a week later, against Sheffield Wednesday, and finished his loan spell with five goals from 18 appearances.
Kane made his debut for the Tottenham first team in a Europa League qualifier against Hearts on the 25th August 2011. His major contribution to that match was winning a penalty and then missing it. He went on to play six more times in the tournament, with his first ever Spurs goal coming against Shamrock Rovers in December 2011.
Shortly after that, he joined Championship side Millwall on loan along with team-mate Ryan Mason. It was a confidence boosting and successful loan spell for Kane, as he scored nine goals in 27 matches and was named Millwall’s Young Player of the Year.
The following season, Kane made his first ever Premier League appearance as a late substitute for Tottenham against Newcastle United. That was on the opening day of the 2012/13 season and followed a successful pre-season which saw him improve even more as a player.
At the end of August 2012, he moved to Norwich City on loan but suffered a broken metatarsal in only his second appearance for them. After recovering at his parent club, he continued his loan spell but it was cut short when he was recalled early by Tottenham due to a lack of striking options. Twenty days later, he went out on loan again with a move to Leicester City.
The 2013/14 season saw Kane score his first ever Tottenham goal, against Hull City in the League Cup. He also made his first Premier League start towards the end of the season, against Sunderland, in a game in which he also scored his first goal in the top flight of English Football.
It had been a relatively good start to a professional career for Kane, but things moved to a new level in the 2014/15 season. He scored 31 goals from 51 games in all competitions, becoming the first Tottenham player to score 30 in a season since Gary Lineker in 1991/92, and finished with a club record equalling 21 goals in the Premier League.
During that campaign, he hit his first ever Premier League hat-trick, won player of the month twice, goal of the month once, was named PFA Young Player of the Year and selected in the PFA Team of the Year. He also made his senior international debut for England in March 2015, scoring 80 seconds into his first appearance against Lithuania at Wembley.
It was a season that thrust Kane into the spotlight, with him commenting at the end of it that he had achieved more in one season than he ever thought he would in his whole career.
Thanks to his goal-scoring exploits, he was given the number ten shirt for 2015/16, a change he said he made in order to become a club legend.
The campaign didn’t start as brightly as he had hoped and it took him until 26th September to find the net for the first time, with him scoring against Manchester City to end a 748-minute drought in front of goal. Things soon picked up for him and he became an even more clinical finisher in the league than the previous season.
He guided Tottenham to a third-place finish and a place in the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League, topped the Premier League scoring charts with 25 and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second season in a row.
He will now look to end the 2015/16 season with international success, as he prepares to lead the line for England at the European Championships in France. He has an impressive five goals from just eleven appearances for his country and gets the chance to show his talent at a major tournament for the first time.
Off the field, Kane is in a relationship with childhood sweetheart Katie Goodland and is the consummate professional at all times. He doesn’t drink alcohol and avoids bars/clubs, preferring to play a round or two of golf or enjoy a spot of fine-dining. He is also a dog-lover and owns two Labradors.
At the time of writing this, Kane has just moved into the top five players in the world based on valuation. He is currently valued at a whopping £87million by the CIES Football Observatory.
Still only 22 years old, Harry Kane is on course to become a club legend at Tottenham and one of the best strikers England has ever seen. With his clinical finishing, brilliant technique and professional nature as well as a determination to be the best, it’s safe to say there is a lot more to come from Kane in an already glittering career.