Tottenham and England ace Harry Kane could not “link play” or “hold the ball up” during his loan spell at Norwich City, according to former strike partner, Grant Holt.
Considering his current status as one of the best strikers in world football, it is very easy to forget Kane spent a rather unproductive four months on loan in East Anglia. The Tottenham man was sent to Carrow Road in 2012 for some much needed Premier League experience, only for his spell to be disrupted by frequent injuries.
His time alongside Holt was very brief, as he was only able to make three Premier League appearances at Norwich. But while Holt acknowledged that Kane’s finishing was outstanding, he did not expect the then 18-year-old to become the player he is now.
“He was good, but he just got injured – he’d done his knee,” Holt said to the Undr the Cosh podcast in 2018 when he was asked about the striker. “He got in the team, played well, and then he came back into training.
“He done his knee and then he had to go back to Spurs, which was a shame for him really. He was a great guy, and a great kid and his finishing was ridiculous.
“In small sided games, he never missed, but would I have ever thought he would have been England captain, absolutely not. He couldn’t really hold it up, he couldn’t really link the play, he couldn’t really do that side of stuff, but the one thing you knew is that you knew he could finish.
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“At the end of training sessions he would always go and do 20 balls right foot, 20 balls left foot, regardless of what he’d done. You could tell he had the work ethic on that side of stuff. Once you started seeing him learn all the other stuff, you just knew he was going to score goals.”
And this extra dedication has paid off spectacularly, as Kane’s ability to hold the ball up, bring team-mates into play, before finding them with a killer pass, is one of the reasons he is so revered today. Since he was handed the captain’s armband, he has led England to their first major final since 1966, as well as the semi-finals of the World Cup and the Nations League.
While he endured a blunt performance in the recent 1-0 loss away to Hungary, Kane is currently on course to surpass Wayne Rooney to become England’s highest ever scorer.