Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane explained in an interview with FourFourTwo what he thought every time he went on loan away from the club.
Kane spent time on loan with four clubs in the Football League before his chance for Spurs this season and he’s defended the experience, suggesting it’s one which can teach younger players plenty of things.
“Those experiences made me who I am now. Apart from anything else, that time taught me how to cope with sitting on the bench when you think you should be playing,” he said.
“There wasn’t really ever a moment where I thought I’d have to leave – Every time I went on loan, it was always with the mind-set that I’d come back to be a Tottenham Hotspur player.”
Kane showed talent from a very young age away from the club and worked hard to improve to the point where he became a realistic option for the Tottenham first team.
It could have been very easy for him to slip into a negative frame of mind, doubting himself and his ability, but he focused on the positives and took something from each loan move into the next one.
He’s since turned into Tottenham’s main man up front and one of their most reliable players.
His movement and intelligence off the ball helps him to compensate for a lack of pace and he also competes well physically, which relates back to the upbringing he’s had in the Football League.
Spurs utilise the loan system well and they should continue to use it as a method for developing their youngsters before they reach a point where they can offer an option to Mauricio Pochettino.