The last time a Tottenham Hotspur side lined up to face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu was on a sultry Spanish night in 2011. Gareth Bale and Luca Modric played as promising Lillywhites, not yet having made the transition to Los Blancos. It was white against white and there was only ever going to be one winner. A comprehensive 4-0 drubbing for Spurs at the hands of a ruthless gang of Galacticos was the end result. Emmanuel Adebayor, ironically, netted twice.
On that very same night; a fresh faced, teenage, Harry Kane enjoyed a five-minute run around for Leyton Orient as they triumphed over Plymouth Argyle 2-0. Tonight, he’ll be playing in the Spanish capital.
The last time Tottenham played Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, on the same night Harry Kane played 5 mins for Leyton Orient against Plymouth pic.twitter.com/wYJqfiiXJb
— Mike Anstead (@mike_anstead) October 17, 2017
From the corrugated iron of Brisbane Road to the blinding lights of Santiago Bernabéu; the very epitome of Mr Kane’s story. And perhaps the next chapter is about to begin.
Rumour has it that the 24-year-old England forward may be teetering on the brink of a big step up. Following in the great footsteps of his Lillywhite predecessors, Kane may well be on his way to Madrid for good.
Numbers are flying about, but the fee could be expected to rise up to £200million. Clearly, Harry’s had quite the journey since that five-minute runaround in 2011.
Perhaps sadly for the Walthamstow wonder kid, his name will forever be synonymous with the underwhelming label of ‘Mr Tottenham’. Yes, the country’s brightest hope and Tottenham’s greatest asset is sharing a name with a fat man called Mike who wants to take the country back on a Spurs’ fan forum. ‘Mr Tottenham’ is not a eponymous compliment.
And so would Harry Kane be right to turn down Madrid? Of course he wouldn’t, he’d be completely deluded. Kane is undoubtedly good enough to become a successful and memorable Galactico and the lad is at the apex of his career.
Zinedine Zidane has described Harry Kane as a "complete player."
RT if you agree ? pic.twitter.com/hZkk4XurYF
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 17, 2017
This season alone, he’s bagged 13 goals from 12 club games and has scored a goal every 32 minutes in Europe this season.
Kane is currently the Champions League’s top scorer and the Prem’s second. Overall, he has a better goals per minute ratio than a certain Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. Not bad for an Orient boy.
And – as the former Spurs midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart put it – “nobody says no to Real Madrid,”.
So, regardless of his affiliation with Tottenham, Kane would have to go. He’d be committing footballing suicide to risk staying with the Wembley inhabitants. Whether they like it or not, t’s going to take a lot for the north Londoners to make him stay, but that’s what they’ll have to do.
Spurs would have to offer Kane a higher contract, they’d have to express their desire to become a top, top club with some genuinely ambitious signings and they’d have to keep both Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli; tasks that may prove just a touch too tough for this high-end, shrewd feeder club.
Since waving Modric and Bale off in 2012 and 2013, respectively, Tottenham let go of what kept them potentially at the top of world football. They had two furiously burning stars and a team that depended on them. It’s useless to speculate now but, who knows, perhaps Spurs would have been better off without the cash injection. It’s taken four years for them to recover and, by the look of it, they’re bordering dangerously on making the same mistake twice.
Mauricio Pochettino: "Harry Kane can become a one-club legend like Francesco Totti" pic.twitter.com/R30tFzakOd
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) October 17, 2017
At the end of the day, Spurs wouldn’t be able to replace Kane if he did leave and his departure would surely be the catalyst for a damaging capitulation.
Madrid and Kane would flourish whilst Tottenham Hotspur would wither. The Europa League would once again become their calling and losing to Arsenal would return to its status of the season’s highlight.
What Tottenham have is a saviour in Harry Kane; a man who, albeit unfortunately, does in fact symbolise ‘Mr Tottenham’. Losing him would ultimately mean throwing the season for the next four years until a new, Real Madrid fitting Spurs star came through the ranks.
He may not seem the most obvious of Galacticos, but Harry Kane will tear things up in Spain. We dare not think what will happen to his boyhood club.