WHEN players have points to prove and feel they are being looked down upon, they always seem to have that extra spring in their moves.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane will be no different when facing Manchester City – the club he almost joined last summer.
You might think that Harry would come to the Etihad with a sense-if-if and jealousy, but it would be the opposite.
He’ll think, ‘Come on, you’ve given me fire – let me show you exactly what you’ve passed on’.
You can see it all the time, with players meeting their old clubs again, famously when Emmanuel Adebayor played for Man City against Arsenal, Score THAT goal and celebrate IT.
Is there a part of Harry that thinks he’ll enjoy playing in this team because he’s going to get loads of chances and score loads of goals? Of course.
However, he is in a situation where he is now a year older, a year wiser, he is getting back to the form we know he can be, and he will want to prove it. that he is still the same. Harry Kane.
And he’s not the only one. Raheem Sterling not long ago joined the conversation about being offered Tottenham as a weight. He’ll want to prove he’s still the main man.
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When he’s completely focused and on it, Kane is the closest thing we’ve seen to Alan Shearer. He is a scoring machine. If you give him a chance he will score.
But everyone also knows how good City is. Kane knows that, for sure.
Kane will get little chance to show how good he is at the Etihad in a Spurs shirt. Look how bad Antonio Conte’s team has been lately.
But Kane will want to prove everyone wrong.
He will also want to return to that conversation to become one of the best strikers in the world because things will start to move.
By that, I mean this summer will begin a series of strikers change clubs. Now is the year of the striker.
Man City still has no striker. Manchester United are on the same boat. Real Madrid and Barcelona are looking to return to the top. Even Arsenal are hoping to break through again.
In the UK, the two big names are Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
People have certainly fired up when saying that last summer was Harry’s only chance to move, as he turns 29 in July, but it’s always been the way.
They try to do this age profile. That only works if you’re not very good at it.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still playing and moving and he is 40 years old.
Obviously if you’re almost 30, you have to be in a wheelchair and wheel home and say you have to sit in a corner.
It’s a shame you see someone like Jamie Vardy, who’s had the best years of his 30s onwards. No one questioned Vardy for his speed.
And when you’re as good as Kane, no one should mention your age.
There are younger versions, like Kylian Mbappe, who is likely to leave PSG in the next few months that could trigger a flurry of transfers. But when you’re young, you don’t get to try and test. You sign Harry Kane, it comes with goals.
Young buyers are in the rebuilding phase.
But Man City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, there is no time to wait three years.
For what it’s worth, here’s what I think will happen: Mauricio Pochettino will leave PSG and go to Manchester United, so will Kane.
Zinedine Zidane will go to PSG, along with Paul Pogba. Mbappe will go to Real Madrid.
And then Conte will wisely rebuild Spurs using the money from the sale of Kane.
When I heard the interview he did with the Italian media, I disagreed with anything he said. He told people to stop expecting more.
He’s saying, ‘Calm down, we’re not at that level’.
But one thing is for sure, Tottenham will need Conte if they are to move towards rebuilding at the speed they want and need.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17700464/troy-deeney-harry-kane-tottenham-man-city/ Harry Kane has a point to prove and will want to show Man City that they should try and sign him again this summer.