Like almost every summer, Harry Kane is once again in the orbit of the big European teams. However, the striker has never left Tottenham Hotspur, and to this day, he has yet to win a title and has always been in the shadows as a perennial runner-up, despite his enormous goalscoring record.

In truth, we can find few faults with Harry Kane as a footballer. Far from being a striker who is just a finisher as many believe, the truth is that Kane stands out for his ability to receive in deep areas to help the team’s development and his capacity for creativity is very good. For example, in the 2020/21 campaign, Kane was crowned the Premier’s top assist man with 17 assists.

However, the England international’s greatest virtue is the one that is required of every striker, and the most prized in the sport: the goal. Harry Kane’s numbers are impressive. Since the 2014/15 season, the Briton has not dropped below 24 goals per season for his club, reaching 41 in the 2017/18 campaign. The Champions League is not bad for Kane either: 29 goals in 32 appearances.

Without going any further, this season with Spurs, he has scored 32 goals in 49 matches. A season in which his team has competed very irregularly, without direction and has been out of European competitions. Kane was the second top scorer of the season in the five major leagues, behind only Haaland, with only six goals less.

Even so, all these magnificent statistics haven’t been enough for Harry Kane to raise his name to the level of the great historic strikers of the sport. And this is mostly because, on a collective level, he has always failed to put the icing on the cake by winning major titles. Harry Kane has been runner-up in the Champions League and the European Championship, always falling just short.

That could change this term, as rumours of his departure from London have increased as the summer transfer window has gone by. In June, there was much talk that he could join Real Madrid following the departure of Benzema. With the explosion of the Mbappé bombshell, Madrid’s interest waned and it seemed to be the Parisian side who were best positioned to sign him.

However, the only one who has made a move for Harry Kane has been Bayern Munich, who have made two formal offers of 70 and 80 millions to Spurs, both of which have so far been rejected.

In fact, Uli Hoeness, former Bayern player and current honorary president of the club, said a few days ago: “He has made it very clear that his decision is made. If Harry Kane keeps his word, we will sign him. Tottenham will have to give in and Levy will have to give us an asking price“.

After more than a decade in London, will this be the definitive summer for Kane to make the leap to a historic European club in search of silverware? Will he stay at a Tottenham side that does not play in European competition?

For his sake, he should opt for new horizons, because Kane has shown himself to be an epochal player, with goal-scoring stats to the reach of very few and with a very important regularity in a team whose pieces have danced over the seasons.

In short, an epochal striker, who has always been under the radar, because he has always played in the wrong team.

Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.

Main image: @Spurs_ES.


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