Harry Kane is being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo furthermore increasing the need for success with Tottenham this season or the club risk losing the player to a side more fitting of his ambitions.
Messi has scored 96 goals in 116 Champions League games; Ronaldo 109 in 142. Kane is a long way off those figures in just his second campaign but if the player has to get anywhere near over the next number of years then Tottenham have to emerge from their group of death this season.
On top of that, they really make a mark in the Premier League to further strengthen the England strikers belief that he is at the right club to win the major honours he craves.
Last night’s win in Cyprus over Apoel Nicosia in which the English man netted a hat-trick further highlighted how valuable an asset the player is to the club but a performance like that on a European stage will only increase the interest in him.
Since Kane’s breakthrough season of 2014-15, he has scored 79 league goals in 108 matches, collecting two Golden Boot awards making him one of football’s hottest properties.
Harry Kane is moving forward and Tottenham need to match his ambitions. Both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale left White Hart Lane because they out grew the club.
The transfer of Neymar to Paris St Germain from Barcelona along with the surprise move of Klyian Mbappe to the Paris club from rivals Monaco has shown no player is un-transferable even if your manager is in love with you, as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly confessed this week.
Kane will be 25 before the next Premier League campaign kicks off in August. If England qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, and should Kane continue to impress he will have the hottest clubs in Europe after his services.
Spurs have been the nearly men for the past few seasons under Pochettino, making a mark in the Premier League but failing to see out the season as Champions.
Last season Spurs got knocked out of both the Champions League and Europa League but finished the season in second place seven points behind Champions Chelsea. That in itself is not a trophy, and while it provides Champions League football, the best players crave medals.
Tottenham were fortunate enough to be grouped with Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow in what looked a good group considering the alternatives. However, Monaco had a campaign to remember while Pochettino really should have seen off the threat of German side Leverkusen.
Spurs finished the campaign with just two wins and one draw.
This time round nobody gave them a chance when they were drawn with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia. Many believing the same fate awaited Spurs with Europa League football to look forward to, or not, after Christmas.
Spurs, however, surprised many on two accounts, by managing to win at their new home in Wembley and by beating German giants Borussia Dortmund, giving them a massive three points followed by last night’s impressive win, leaving them on six points level with Real Madrid ahead of a a visit to the Bernabeu next month and on course to get to the last 16.
Kane believes he is in the best shape of his career heading into a World Cup year.
“I’m getting more mature and filling out with my body.”
“I feel stronger, holding off defenders maybe better than I was before. I’m eating well, recovering well.
“A football career is short. You have got to make the most of every day and that’s what I am trying to do.”
Perhaps Kane was gently reminding Spurs that he is getting bigger and better and they will have to match him.
The club are on course to progress to the next round of the Champions League and will have to continue to progress in their domestic league in order to hold onto their star players where they have failed in the past.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena