Defining Why Harry Kane Is a Tottenham Legend Already

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur with the match ball and Man of the Match award after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Harry Kane Is A Tottenham Legend

Players in the modern game are often deemed ‘legends’ prematurely or completely inappropriately. Harry Kane has already reached that status. He has been the club’s top scorer for the past three seasons and is set to repeat that record. Thus, there is both consistency and quality to his game coupled with a loyalty to the club and commitment to the cause.

Goals

Kane had a fantastic year in 2017. He smashed Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year. This historic feat is not just an individual achievement, but one that signifies the success of a team. Nevertheless, Kane must take some credit for the number of goals he has scored this season.

In the recent past, the club has struggled to find goal scorers. Whilst indeed there were the likes of Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, and Robbie Keane, none of these players provided the same goal scoring power of Kane. Arguably, comparing different strikers cross-generationally is perhaps harsh given the players’ supporting casts. Suffice it to say, Kane is the first Spurs player in many decades to excite fans with the certainty of his goal scoring. He truly is becoming comparable to Jimmy Greaves in this way. The legendary status of a player can have levels, and Kane can still be a legend—even if Greaves still trumps him in his own efforts at the club.

Commitment

The most pleasing aspect of Kane’s performances has been his dedication and commitment to the cause. He is first and foremost a professional, working hard to develop himself physically and mentally and to serve his club better. Whilst there are some strikers such as former attacker Dimitar Berbatov—a player with plenty of skill but little desire to graft,—Kane revels in the dirty work. One of his latest goals involved a strong tackle high up the pitch, before passes were exchanged with Ben Davies then Dele Alli back to Kane who finished with real aplomb. Part of his productivity is purely down to how many miles he covers and how much effort he puts in.

Trophies

A legend usually wins a lot of trophies by definition. Spurs have been rather lacking in that area for some time. Therefore, it would suggest that Kane can’t really be dubbed as a Tottenham legend until he helps his club win a trophy. This would be a very harsh definition of what makes a reputable player. There are many great players who have failed to win major titles. Ledley King is commonly more accepted as a Spurs legend due to his unswerving loyalty to the club. He may have won the League Cup, but this was a rather paltry offering for his one-club career. Thus, rather than waiting for a trophy win, Spurs fans must recognise Kane for the legend that he is.

Verdict

Many would contend with the modern definition of a legend. Kane fits the bill due to his consistent, impressive goalscoring, but also his general professional manner as a footballer. He may have had a sharp meteoric rise, and may still yet lack trophies or any real title to show for his efforts, but he definitely deserves the status as a legend.

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