Former England midfielder Danny Murphy suggested on talkSPORT that he doesn’t think Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could give any more than he has done this season.
Kane scored his 30th goal of the season for Tottenham yesterday, as Spurs strolled to a 3-1 win away at Newcastle United.
It would be a major surprise for Kane to not win at least the PFA Young Player’s Award for his performances over 2014 and 2015, but Murphy is wary of him having a bigger effect next season.
“With what Harry Kane has achieved in such a short amount of time, with the goals he’s got to be up there competing with Aguero and alike, I think he deserves the young player award – I’m not sure he could have done any more than he’s done,” said Murphy.
The issue is the standard that Kane has now set for himself, which he’ll be under pressure to live up to next season.
The manager Mauricio Pochettino will most likely draft in the summer reinforcements to build around Kane, with the intention of strengthening the attack, which will only add to the pressure that he’ll be under.
He’s facing two main challenges beyond this summer, which relate to both his performances and his behaviour away from the field.
He’s going to have to reinvent himself to try and find a way to stay effective in big games and he’s also going to have to stay mentally strong through difficult periods, because the criticism could be harsh if he doesn’t maintain the performance levels people now expect of him.