Harry Kane the role model?

Harry Kane has established himself as England’s top striker and, at the age of 23, quite literally has the world at his feet.

The Chingford-born hit-man has scored 68 Premier League goals from just 105 appearances for Tottenham and been capped 17 times by England, scoring five goals to date. Indeed, such is his current form that these SBAT offers will be well worth checking out come the Sunday game against Southampton.

He has helped his club side up to second in the table at present and they are looking good to secure Champions League football next season once again.

In an era when foreign players are all too readily shipped over to England just to bolster a club’s playing staff, it is refreshing to see a home-grown star take centre stage at an outfit the size of Spurs.

But it is not just his work on the pitch that makes Kane so important to the north Londoners and football in generally throughout the country, as the clean-cut youngster can be seen as a role model for those who aspire to make a career out of the sport.

Spurs’ fans regularly sing “he’s one of our own” from the White Hart Lane terraces, making reference to the fact that Kane was born close to the ground and there is no doubt that the youngsters look up to the Three Lions star.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino has made it Spurs’ policy not to send young players out on loan if it can be helped, as he prefers them to train with the first team to get a feel of what it takes to be a top-class footballer.

Other managers have their own ideas and believe that playing regularly, albeit usually at a lower level, is the best way forward for someone on the peripheries.

Harry Winks, Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters and Cameron Carter-Vickers are four players who have benefitted from the Argentine’s decision to keep his youngsters close at hand, and it would surprise nobody to see them break into the first team on a regular basis in the coming years.

Pochettino feels there is “no better teacher to learn from” than Kane, who is happy to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of stars.

Away from the club, parents the length and breadth of the nation will be encouraging their children to follow the path trodden by Kane, as he keeps himself off the front pages and does not drink alcohol or go to nightclubs, preferring the quiet family life and to spend time with his young daughter.

Kane and team-mate Eric Dier have also helped launch a new scheme run by Spurs to help kids reject violence and get their lives back on track and it seems that the man who terrorises defenses on the pitch can do no wrong off it as well.

In an era when overpaid players are quite often in the papers for the wrong reasons, Kane can be seen as shining example of what can be achieved with hard work, self-discipline and the ability to make the best use of a talent.