It’s always hard to feel the deep connection you have with your favorite team. They’re in your blood. The want for success is no different than what you hope for family and friends. Love for the badge, as they say.
But that’s pretty much always going to be there, at least to some extent. That connectivity with players can be a lot more fleeting. The longer your favorite player is wearing your team’s colors, the more ingrained into the fabric of the team’s DNA they become. Yet there will always be a time at which you have to say goodbye.
In soccer, this feeling can be more deeply intensified. With all the rumours surrounding the future of Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, I had to take a step back and recognize what the lad has given his boyhood club for the better part of two decades. I want Tottenham to win. Harry Kane wants Tottenham to win.
While on the cusp of a potential third Premier League Golden Boot, and the potential of being the third player in the Premier League era to lead the league in both goals and assists, Harry’s trophy case is empty.
Ultimately, it comes down to the players on the pitch to get it done. There’s only so much money the chairman can spend. Only so much the manager can instill tactics. It comes down to the players. But, there’s never been a doubt where Harry’s heart is. His desire to win has seen him lumber through difficult injuries to help his team lift a coveted trophy. Any coveted trophy.
He’s played multiple years of Champions League football, beating some of the best in the world to get to the final, only to come up short. During those campaigns, he helped lead Spurs on a legitimate title challenge that eventually fell short. He’s taken the pitch at Wembley in two domestic cup finals, leaving empty handed on both occasions.
Throughout his Tottenham career, Kane has lit up the stat sheets, proving he’s a player nobody truly thought he could be. Except for himself.
News is heating up saying that one of our own is asking for his exit, and could be lacing up his boots for a final time in North London in less than a week. This news is simultaneously devastating and completely understandable. Harry Kane is only 27 years old, and he has accomplished so much personally with nothing tangible to show for it.
So, if Wednesday is the last time our homegrown boy takes the pitch, it’s apropos that it will be the only game of the season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host fans. See him off with heads held high. Don’t hold any animosity against him for wanting an opportunity our beloved Spurs have been unable to give him.
I hope, at next season’s start, Harry laces up his boots and dons Tottenham’s badge once again. But if this is it? All the love and respect. And I hope he’s able to achieve the heights he so absolutely deserves.
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