The continued rise of Tottenham Hotspur can certainly be attributed in part to the evolution of Harry Kane.
Responsibility has sat well on his shoulders and it’s really no surprise that he’s gone on to captain his country as well as being a talismanic figure for his club.
For all of his and his team-mates efforts, however, Spurs still look some way short of challenging for a trophy.
Moving into their new stadium is on the horizon, and this will bring associated benefits with it, perhaps allowing funds to be freed up for the north Londoners to bring in a better standard of player alongside the 25-year-old.
Not yet in his prime as a footballer, Kane still has much to offer, but his veiled on-the-record threat will have been heard loud and clear by those in power at White Hart Lane.
“I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah, I’m happy here,” he noted in a recent interview.
Given his prowess in front of goal – he was only denied the Premier League top scorer accolade last season thanks to an epic campaign from Mo Salah – it’s obvious that he will be coveted by others.
One of those reportedly interested is multi-Champions League winning Real Madrid, and a double swoop to include Tottenham coach, Mauricio Pochettino, isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
Los Blancos have made no secret of their desire to procure the latter and if Julen Lopetegui continues to disappoint in the coaching role, Florentino Perez will have no problem showing him the door.
That would open the way for the former Espanyol captain to take the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, and his first move would likely be to bring his striker to La Liga.
Whilst Kane has never dismissed the idea of playing in Spain, given the way in which Real themselves are evolving, he wouldn’t be the right fit for them.
Though the Spaniards have been successful in the last few seasons by serving Cristiano Ronaldo, they are moving away from having a ‘target man’ as their main source of goals.
Certainly, that’s a role in which Kane would excel, but that would only succeed in stifling the creativity of others.
It’s plainly obvious that Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio have enjoyed much more attacking freedom since Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, even if, at this point, they’re lacking a bit of ‘punch’ in terms of goals scored.
By employing Kane in a Ronaldo-type role, it would place all of the attacking emphasis back on the centre-forward.
The Walthamstow-born man would revel in the position, but in some respects that could be seen as a backward step for Real.
Kane simply doesn’t have the pace of his contemporary either, so when a signature Real move is undertaken at speed he will have to be in the right place every time or run the risk of a move breaking down.
His movement and understanding of the game is good, but the way that Real would utilise his talents wouldn’t necessarily allow for him to go foraging for scraps further back – something we often see from him in the Premier League.
Dribbling past two or three defenders in a slaloming run towards goal isn’t his forte either, but that’s not to overly criticise the player, far from it in fact.
His skill set works wonderfully well in England but there’s a good argument that it’s not transferable to the continent.
Especially into a league where technical ability is preferred over and above physical aspects.