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Spurs will be relying on talisman Harry Kane for goals in the Bernabeu

 

On the same night Tottenham Hotspur last visited Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, 17-year-old Harry Kane appeared as a late substitute for Leyton Orient in League One.

Spurs will be relying on talisman Harry Kane for goals in the Bernabeu

Spurs will be relying on talisman Harry Kane for goals in the Bernabeu

Six-and-a-half years later, the very same player is not only feared by the Spanish champions ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash – they’d also like to sign him.

Even by football’s fickle standards, the ascent of Kane is astonishing. While Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were all the rage at White Hart Lane in April 2011, he was sent to Brisbane Road for the first of four different loan spells; not all of them successful.

Contrast that with his current reputation today. Fifteen goals in his past 11 matches for club and country puts him in the statistical bracket of Messi and Ronaldo.

When someone as decorated as Zinedine Zidane proclaims: ‘He is very good in every aspect’, you know you’ve made it.

What makes Kane’s story particularly impressive is that he was no overnight success, nor tipped for superstardom as a teenager like a Wayne Rooney.  Read More

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