TalkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery explained on Extra Time earlier this week why fans in Brazil have been talking about Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Kane is a popular figure in South America because of the way he’s developed through the youth ranks at Tottenham, graduating to become the key figure in the attack of Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
“I was doing a thing on Brazilian TV last week and one of the things we were talking about was Harry Kane,” said Vickery.
“The fact that Kane has caught the attention of not just Tottenham fans, but England fans in general is being talked about here in Brazil.”
“It’s that association that Tottenham fans have with Harry Kane, that ‘he’s one of us’, I think that’s really powerful.”
Kane is a great example to any youngster at Tottenham that if they work hard enough and are consistent in the youth ranks, they will eventually get a chance to impress under Pochettino.
If they show similar work ethic and consistency in the first team, eventually there will be enough pressure created for a call-up to the national side, and the best thing for Spurs is that it’s possible for others to follow Kane’s lead.
Tottenham have done well because he’s a player where they haven’t had to go out and pay a big fee to generate a successful player.
Other top sides in the Premier League have all spent tens of millions of pounds, but Tottenham are showing that the ability to create a positive player doesn’t have to be a rare commodity.
If Spurs can continue their production line of talent, they will save cash and that can build up for transfers when the manager does have to target an addition in the transfer market.