Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has shown a clinical eye for goal this season, topping the Premier League goalscorer table with 19 goals. Despite only recently emerging as a top striker in the Premier League, Kane had a notorious reputation at underage level. Once such player to have experienced Kane at his best was Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann.
Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed that whilst at the club he arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly with Scott Dann's Birmingham in 2011. Steve Rowley, Arsenal's Chief Scout, was in the crowd watching Dann who they had been tracking for some time. The purpose of Rowley's visit was to watch one final game before making a bid for the centre-back.
It was during this game that a younger Harry Kane scored four goals past the experienced Dann. The inability of Dann to stop Kane from dominating the encounter was enough to convince Rowley and the Gunners' former assistant boss Pat Rice to cease their pursuit of the Scouser.
Instead Arsenal turned their attention to the 6 ft 6 in centre-back Per Mertesacker who has since gone on to captain Arsenal along with winning the World Cup with Germany.
Redknapp said: "Harry is a great lad. The only question mark was whether he lacked a yard of pace. But Frank Lampard was at that game, and told him to get a pair of spikes and work on his sprinting.
"He did exactly that. That’s the lad he is, works hard at his game.”
Since narrowly missing out on the biggest move of his career Dann has established himself as a consistent Premier League defender. Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has backed Dann to carry on improving and challenge for a place in the England squad in the near future.