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Berlin-No-Go: Spurs Ace Once Declined A Deutschland Deal

By Harry Hotspur -

A curious tale this, one which perhaps serves to reflect just what lottery it can be playing for a top-flight side’s academy can be. Harry Kane is a figure that I have long maintained to be an individual that succeeded at Spurs – despite Spurs. For all those that have subsequently come out of the woodwork claiming this, that and the other, there are few to no voices prepared to acknowledge that for some good while that Harry simply wasn’t good enough, and it was only when he took his own career in hand, that did meaningful improvement happen.

It’s now emerged from German outlet Bild [€] that Harry Kane was offered a loan deal at Union Berlin, back in 2012. Nico Schafer was Union’s head of football at that time and recalls the now England captain being on the now Bundesliga side’s then radar.

Kane declined the chance and instead continued with his loan drudgery, which at the time included a brief spell at Norwich City, then Leicester City, before returning to Spurs after 13 appearances and 2 goals for the Foxes.

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East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago

If Kane had stayed at Leicester then he’d have won the league and the FA Cup by now. But he went back to his ‘bigger’ parent club and won nothing… how does that work? 🤔

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

When Leicester have won a European pot I might take them more seriosly

East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

I’ll do the same when we next win one.

We’d be taken seriously if we won the League right?

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Obviously. My moneys on us winning them cups before them. You obviously don’t think so

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

We might be able to win the European Conference but for anything else I’m not holding my breath! If we don’t win that cup for nobodies, then that will be seriously embarrassing.

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Er, is it because football is merely a sport & as such has vastly variable outcomes & is NOT an absolute science?
✅ (5 points)

Lots of clubs smaller than others win stuff, so IF your obvious non-comprehension really doesn’t get it, think….Manchester United being the biggest club would win everything, every season, wouldn’t they?

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
1 year ago
Reply to  Stewart Smith

Stewart , we/you are allowed to have different opinions, don’t have to be rude to those that don’t concur or think differently. “obvious non-comprehension” does you no favours

Snitz
Snitz
1 year ago

Absolutely right HK was not in favour amongst the management or coaching staff at Spurs simply kept on because their was no one else in his age group in his position or type

He simply had self belief and a desire to succeed like no other, the rest is history potentially one of the best of all time

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  Snitz

Best of all time? Jimmy greeves might have something to say about that🌚

East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Bobby Smith scored more than Kane has too but different eras. With the game so unrecognisable these days I think Kane is definitely accepted into the sane company.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Yeah but Jimmy g did it all with a half time cigarette🌚
Jimmy g was a decent keeper too and was lethal with a cricket bat. Speaking of cricket did you see the video with Joe hart playing? Bad boy bowler

Last edited 1 year ago by Tappaspur
East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

No but Joe should stick to the cricket, Burnley’s 3rd choice keeper was never good enough for Spurs…

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Loved at Hotspur way he is. Alfie loves working with him

East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Kane is a decent keeper too, remember? Probably as good as Hart these days anyway! 😂

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Yep I saw that, was hilarious. Hart was in the wrong game.

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Smith currently has more League goals but NOT overall.
& even if Kane does overtake Greaves, I’d STILL say he wasn’t as good.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 year ago
Reply to  Stewart Smith

Better at assists though.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
1 year ago
Reply to  East Stand

Bobby Smith played for the Chelsea team that won the League in 1955 and every Christmas Chelsea gave the players on that team a Christmas box, I think by the early 2000 period onwards it was £1,500.
You can work out for yourself what Spurs gave their great players.

snitz
snitz
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Potentially

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

100% agreed!
Kane is the best striker in world football & so IS world class, BUT Greaves was better!

BobbytheBrain
BobbytheBrain
1 year ago
Reply to  Stewart Smith

I would have to sgree although I was not privileged enough to see Greavsie play.. Obviously football was a different game back then with leather footballs, mud bath pitches, no subs and lager being the most imporrant fuel post training and match. I am not sure that Jimmy really got the recognition he deserved. 124 goals in 157 games for Chelscum, 220 in 331 for Spurs and 44 in 57 for England. What would he be worth in today’s market?

East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago

Funny thinking about the trajectory of Leicester compared to us. So under 10 years ago they were loaning our youngsters and within 6 years they’d won the Premiership, while we have won nothing apart from the League Cup we won three years before Kane was loaned to them, which is getting on for 23 years ago.

This is acceptable for one of the 10 richest clubs in the world according to Daniel. Or perhaps the poor guy has been searching for that blasted lost “DNA” and it’s all just been jolly bad luck? 🤔 😡

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