Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has admitted that Harry Kane’s emergence as a top Premier League striker was is a huge shock to him.
Jenas saw a number of promising youth prospects train with the first team during his time at Spurs, but he didn’t believe Kane to be one of them.
“I’ve been totally clear about this – it’s been one of the biggest shocks of my footballing career,” Jenas said on BBC 5live (quotes via trainingground.guru).
“I never saw it. We had Ryan Mason, he was one who you thought, ‘listen, he’s going to be a player’, because he had this flair about him that English players are not allowed to have.
“There was Dean Parrett, obviously Andros Townsend, there were a few players coming through. They brought in John Bostock from Crystal Palace as well.
“They were players coming you were expecting ‘he’s destined to be a top player for Spurs.’ He came off the bench for Leyton Orient in 2011, he was on the bench for Leicester, he went to Millwall. All these clubs he went to he didn’t even have a good time, he wasn’t even a starter.”
Following a goalless August, Kane scored 13 times for club and country in September. His rise to the stop has been quite simply staggering — long may it continue.