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Sunday 17 December 2017

John Giles: Harry Kane has the class to become a big star

Penny-pinching on star striker's new salary could come back to haunt Spurs

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

HARRY Kane is every football club’s dream.

He is home-grown, loyal and judging by his new salary deal, anything but greedy.

Lads like him don’t come around very often and Spurs have done well to sign him on a long term deal. But have they done well enough with his salary to make sure his contract sticks? I don’t think so.

Reports pitch Kane’s salary at somewhere around £35,000 which may seem like an awful lot of money for a 21 year-old but up in Anfield, they are talking about £100,000 a week for Raheem Sterling.

Young English talent is at a premium and it would seem sensible to offer the best English striker I have seen in a generation the type of money which would future proof Spurs against a raid from Manchester or Madrid.

Unless Daniel Levy is already doing some accountancy and sees Kane as an asset to sell a few years down the line to make cash available to pay the kind of money the club has been shelling out on Emmanuel Adebayor for far too long.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it is fantastic that a young player like Kane, with the world quite literally at his feet, is happy enough to commit himself to the club he grew up with and clearly loves.

Kane has everything. He’s fast, strong, has both feet and a really sharp eye for the right position around the box. There’s so much more to him than Gareth Bale in terms of goal potential and I can only imagine what he would be worth on the open market.

I know he has a very short track record but to me, he has as near a thing to a certainty as you’ll get in football and I say that mostly because from what I’ve seen of him, his attitude is absolutely spot on.

All the skill and talent in the world counts for nothing if the player’s head isn’t right and Kane doesn’t have far to look this season for a few excellent examples of how footballers waste what they’ve been given because they are unwilling to commit themselves to a wholehearted effort.

It is actually amazing to think that Adeybayor is earning somewhere around £150,000 for his working week and Spurs felt that Kane was only worth a fifth of that.

I have seen more effort and more commitment in Kane’s short career to date than I’ve seen in the entire time Adebayor has been in the Premier League.

The deal Spurs struck with Kane is a perfect example of how this club gets things wrong. Adebayor should have been moved on a couple of seasons ago but he became a stick to beat Andre Villas Boas with and in that respect, he was useful to chairman Daniel Levy.

Now, a bright young star has emerged and Levy strikes a cut price deal. I’m sure he’s clapping himself on the back for that one. The gamble is that Kane’s loyalty and desire to win medals with Tottenham will keep him at the club but the risk is that in 12 months’ time or less, a slick agent offers him £150,000 or more a week.

It will happen though I truly hope Kane remains content at White Hart Lane as his career develops because he’s the type of player who could inspire something great in a team.

Spurs are in the League Cup final and doing very well in the Premier League over the last few weeks and Kane has played a big part in that.

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