Trevor Steven: Why irreplaceable Harry Kane could be tempted to follow Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

 
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Kane scored in both of England's recent internationals (Source: Getty)

He’s averaging more than a goal a game for club and country in 2017 and, aside from Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, I don’t think there is anyone better. Every manager in the world would take Harry Kane for their team these days and it would be no surprise to me if the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona tried to prise him from Tottenham.

Kane is unquestionably head and shoulders above all other England players, as he demonstrated with goals against Lithuania and Slovenia over the last few days. International football seems to bring out the best in him, and that’s another tell-tale sign that he is a top-class player. He has taken his game up another level even in the last six weeks or so, scoring 15 goals in 10 games.

His confidence is at all-time high and that is one of the biggest assets you can have. Kane has no doubt about what he can do having proven it to himself during the past two seasons, winning the Premier League golden boot on both occasions. Those prizes are the target; he loves to score goals, wants to be top scorer and will probably be disappointed if he doesn’t win the golden boot again this term.

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What sets Kane apart from a lot of players is his inner drive and focus. I don’t think he sees anything other than match days and training – you won’t see him at a concert in Amsterdam on a Thursday – and he seems so focused on making his career as good as it can be. Every game looks like it really matters to him.

Kane is perhaps the most complete England striker since Alan Shearer and, while there are certainly some similarities, I would say Kane is a tidier player with a better touch. There is so much variety to his game – he leads the line, scores with his right foot, left foot and head, has strength and composure, reads the game, links play, takes free-kicks – and all to an impressive level.

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Kane has benefited from playing with Christian Eriksen at Spurs (Source: Getty)

He has become irreplaceable for England. Marcus Rashford is the one you can see improving like Kane has. Rashford is probably two years behind Kane in his understanding of the game but the Spurs striker has shown him the way and the Manchester United youngster could follow in his footsteps.

I think Kane has learned a lot from playing with Christian Eriksen at Spurs. It’s a shame that England don’t have a midfielder on Eriksen’s wavelength because he has brought out other features of Kane’s game. The Dane has also improved year on year.

The only way Kane can improve further is to carry on his current form throughout the rest of the campaign. All No9s go through barren spells but when he does he seems to come back with another hatful of goals. He appears to be so focused that I can’t see droughts being an issue for him.

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Gareth Bale has twice won the Champions League since leaving Spurs for Real Madrid (Source: Getty)

While I don’t know Kane personally or what his ambitions are, I expect he’d love to win the Premier League and Champions League with Tottenham. I think if they don’t win a trophy again this season he may start to wonder about his future but I can see him giving it until the end of 2018-19.

Real Madrid are one of the few clubs who could sign him. He has the technique and temperament to play in Spain, where teams seem to have more success in the Champions League. I think Kane will want those medals and Gareth Bale, who has won Europe’s top competition twice since leaving Spurs for Real, has demonstrated the way to do it.

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