Harry Kane: subject to envious hate

by James Forster

As he continues to perform for club and country, rival fans still find a way to criticise him. Kane doesn't care though and neither should we.

It’s 2018 and the world’s natural systems are in order. Earth is rotating, the sun comes up in the morning and Harry Edward Kane keeps putting them in the back of the net when it matters.

Record after record fall; numerous accomplishments are shattered by Kane’s adept boots, but however, bemusingly, Kane is still the subject of serious scrutiny, doubt and hate from club fans all over England and beyond.

This is a player that has recently won the World Cup golden boot, has two Premier League golden boots to his name and broke Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record in a calendar year in 2017. He’s also scored 21, 25, 29 & 30 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons, is fifth on Spurs’ all time leading goal scorer charts as well as the club’s all time leading Premier League goal scorer – astoundingly all at the tender age of 25 – need I go on anymore?

Yet, we hear the same rhetoric from rival fans: “He’s overrated!” “What has he won?” “He doesn’t do it when it truly matters”. “He’s not even near the best in the Premier League”. What is said about Kane is absolute dribble, and rooted out of strong tones of envy and jealousy.

If overrated is what Kane has achieved at 25, I’ll take it everyday please.

Harry has got to where he is today through relentless determination and hard work. He suffered disappointment from a young age (how’d that decision turn out for you Arsenal?!), had numerous loans, and had to win the manager’s trust at Tottenham. Yet his attitude has never changed and the fruition of that has been incredible.

I have come to believe that this is a prominent reason he is so hated. Harry is humble, and shows what can happen when you relentlessly chase a dream by putting everything into it. Harry’s success is what every English boy dreams about, but very little achieve what he has by 25. His name isn’t Kaneinho or Kanealdo, he’s just Harry Kane from Walthamstow, a local boy living the dream. The most ironic thing about all the negative chat from rival fans is deep down we know they’d love to have him in their team.

Kane embodies what every Spurs fan wishes for in a player. The passion he shows for the shirt every time he takes the field is refreshing in this day in age of mercenary footballers. He is talented, wins games on his own and has scored goals that’ll stick in our minds forever. Further to this, he genuinely seems like a fantastic person off the field. He’s engaged to his high-school sweetheart, is only ever spoken about in good light by people who encounter him and is a role model to all the kids who follow our great club. You never see Kane’s name in disrepute and that is testament to the man.

As Spurs fans – we shouldn’t care about rival fan’s validation of Kane. I couldn’t care less about what they think of him. He’s ours, our crown jewel and everything negative said is rooted in jealousy. They can keep talking, while Harry will keep scoring, breaking records and winning games for our club.

I never want Harry to leave. As a Spurs fan I get so much joy seeing a local boy achieve at the level he does, for the team he loves. He lives our dream for us.

Harry Kane, you’re one of our own, and you make us so proud.

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James Forster

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