There are many good things about Harry Kane, but I’m getting a bit tired of the media building him up as the perfect man. Yes, he’s a good player, seems like a nice bloke and does not appear to be challenging Jack Wilshire in the ‘Oaf of the Year’ contest, but he is not on a par with Paul Scholes in the ‘normal guy’ stakes.
A newspaper did a piece – with a straight face I presume - on Kane portraying the Tottenham striker as a down to earth man who ‘cannot remember the last time he went to a nightclub.’ And who likes nothing better than ‘hosting barbecues, playing golf and walking his labradors.’ Naturally, these details are sourced from Kane’s spread with that most modest of publications, the magazine of the people that is Esquire.
In it he is dressed up, suited and booted in a variety of outfits costing thousands of pounds. Nothing wrong with him doing it, but could you imagine Scholes doing that?
Also, posting topless pictures on Instagram of yourself on a beach in Dubai doesn’t scream ‘MODEST!’ Most other players would be accused of ‘showing off’, but not Kane.
I’m not having a go, it is just sigh inducing (much like this article you may feel) when anyone is portrayed as Mr. Perfect. Other ‘nice guy’ players must feel a little aggrieved, much like I or anyone would at a workplace where you feel someone can do no wrong in the eyes of the boss or fellow workers despite your own valiant efforts.
In terms of Kane it is the media’s tendency to pick and choose their images to give to certain players then build their stories around that image that is frustrating. For Harry Kane, read walking labradors, for Mario Balotelli, read setting off fireworks from a bathroom window.
If the roles were reversed and it was Kane who was reported to be setting off fireworks from his bathroom window, there is little doubt that he would be depicted as just a regular lad having a laugh, mucking around with his mates rather than the idiotic extravagant buffoon that Balotelli was and is portrayed as.
So apart from scoring goals, what is it about the blonde, blue-eyed wonder that appeals so much?
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