Football encourages opinion and debate, but when Rodney Marsh told Talk Sport that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was worth £100million it stretched the boundaries of sensible comment.
Yes, Kane is enjoying a superb season at Tottenham, scoring 29 goals to date and netting on his England debut, but to suddenly stick a £100m price-tag on the 21-year-old’s head after one stellar season is foolish.
“If (Eliaquim) Mangala is worth £32million, Harry Kane is worth £100million all day long,” Marsh said, before going on to say that he felt the Spurs player was much better than Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria.
Football is about the here-and-now, but sensible observers also acknowledge both the past and the future.
In other words, Di Maria may be having a bad season at Old Trafford but that is in relation to his own high standards. After all, this is a player who provided 87 assists in 190 matches for Real Madrid.
As for Kane, it would be better to temper things rather than blow them up even more; to accept that for Tottenham to get the best out of Kane long term, they need to accept that he is still young, still learning, and that he will have bad spells.
At the moment, with 30 goals in the bag, it is easy to say he is the best thing since sliced bread, but the truth is many have been before him and many will after, but only the best sustained that form for an entire career.
Kane can do that, but he could do without the additional pressure of being compared with the best in the business when he is only just starting his own journey on that particular road.