Harry Kane is a fantastic footballer, but he’s less fantastic when it comes to public relations.
I guess spending a significant chunk of your life working for a company that views humour as something that is acceptable if served in appropriately sanitised doses. Bare in mind, it was THFC that welcomed the Met police into the ground, had fans arrested and issued with life bans – just for singing ‘Yid Army’ chants. But I digress…
This Golden Boot thing has actually become a Wooden Spoon that players and fans of all clubs (not to mention the FA themselves) are using to liberally smack Harry with on his forehead, and at every available opportunity. Kane told PA Sport:
“It is something I obviously want to win, every striker in the Premier League wants to win that Golden Boot and I am no different. I want to win at everything I do, whether it’s the Golden Boot, every game, if I am playing a game with my mates I want to win that.”
This is probably true, but if it doesn’t sound a tad psychopathic, it sure does sound entirely humourless.
But there’s more…
“The FA tweet was a silly tweet, we all know that. I talked to the gaffer about it and all he was saying was would other countries do that to their own players, probably not. It is something that has gone, it was two weeks ago or whatever it was, I am over it.”
So over it that you’re still discussing it, two weeks ago.
As I’ve said in relation to this before, Kane needed to diffuse this situation, perhaps with a throwaway remark, some self-deprecation, instead he’s fanning the flames.
Football by its very nature has broad band of dullness and repetitiveness to its narrative, and once an aspect about a club or player is embedded in the collective mindset, it is very difficult to extricate it.
Harry Kane’s World Cup is going to be punctuated with references to this nonsense, and probably his career.
All because he refused to laugh at himself.