Harry Kane is on the peak of his powers and brimming with confidence. The aim from his personal half final Saturday is proof of that. Now he’s within the good place to take the subsequent step and guarantee he’s remembered as one of many greats.
That standing was already confirmed in England. Kane left behind the seemingly inevitable legacy of turning into the Premier League’s biggest goalscorer for Bayern Munich. Now in Germany they’re seeing first-hand what we’ve skilled for the final decade.
Rewatch the David Beckham-esque strike once more, however this time have a look at the response of Kane’s 20-year-old team-mate Franz Kratzig, a product of the membership’s academy. “Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.” Kane is being watched with a way of wonderment across the globe.
“It is not simply in Germany, individuals everywhere in the world are speaking about that aim,” Jurgen Klinsmann, the previous Bayern and Spurs striker, tells Sky Sports activities. “That aim simply confirmed the place he’s proper now. He’s able to doing all the pieces. To not solely end and be an amazing striker but additionally [give] assists and these loopy kind of objectives.”
The £100m transfer got here at a pivotal time in Kane’s profession. At 30, he needs silverware and joins a crew able to ship that, on the very least domestically. He additionally has one eye on Euro 2024 subsequent summer time and a shot at glory with England within the nation he now calls residence.
“It appears to be his second,” says Klinsmann. “He’s in the appropriate place on the proper time.”
The Bundesliga title is a non-negotiable for Bayern and Kane. Hopes of a treble had been ended after Wednesday’s shock defeat to 3rd division Saarbruecken within the DFB Pokal. However success in Europe this season will put Kane firmly within the working for subsequent yr’s Ballon d’Or.
Have they got what it takes although? “I believe so,” says Klinsmann. “He has the crew, and high quality by means of the squad. He is in a really aggressive surroundings that is at all times driving and hungry for titles.”
Merely being at Bayern elevates Kane within the dialog. His most prolific season at Spurs was rewarded with nineteenth within the Ballon d’Or. Mo Salah and Karim Benzema completed greater regardless of being outshone by Kane in comparatively lukewarm seasons by their golf equipment.
Kane belongs in a facet like Bayern and the 12 objectives he has in his first 9 Bundesliga appearances present that. By no means earlier than has the striker scored so many at this stage of a marketing campaign. He’s already simply three objectives from outscoring Bayern’s prime scorer within the league final season, Serge Gnabry.
Forward of Kane’s first Der Klassiker towards Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, stay on Sky Sports activities, Bayern are unbeaten however two factors behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen. The champions for 11 seasons working have some critical competitors.
Leverkusen are the early tempo setters, however Dortmund aren’t far behind both. They’ll leap a degree forward of Bayern with a win on Saturday. Regardless of dropping Jude Bellingham, one other worthy challenger for subsequent yr’s Ballon d’Or, they continue to be in competition.
“Dortmund at all times work out a method to come again and discover one other golden boy within the neighbourhood,” says Klinsmann. “If Dortmund keep shut there’s at all times an opportunity. Should you can come off the sector with three factors it may give you an enormous psychological enhance.”
Kane’s addition was very important for Bayern, who struggled final season after Robert Lewandowski left for Barcelona. Their grip on the title almost slipped just for Dortmund to lose on the ultimate day of the marketing campaign. Bayern required a last-gasp Jamal Musiala aim to capitalise.
Julian Nagelsmann, the earlier head coach, had stepped away from Bayern’s traditions through the use of a fluid entrance three earlier than dropping his job. “It is a membership that at all times builds their fashion of play all through the a long time on a incredible No 9,” says Klinsmann.
Kane hopes to comply with within the footsteps of Gerd Muller and Lewandowski in Bayern’s lengthy line of prime strikers. The early impressions are promising. “He suits so completely into this,” says Klinsmann, one other famed Bayern striker. “It was clear they would want an identical calibre of participant after Lewandowski.”
Thomas Tuchel, the present head coach, says Kane is “the proper striker” for Bayern. However there was an added bonus to getting this specific signing over the road. “We took the skipper of England out of the Premier League,” stated Tuchel in September. “It’s a large deal. Everyone wished to have him.”
The signing of Kane delivered a reminder of Bayern’s heft at a time when questions had been being requested. Three seasons with out getting previous the Champions League quarter-finals will do this in Bavaria.
Kane is a assured difference-maker and his arrival put Bayern again among the many favourites earlier than a ball was even kicked.
There was, after all, a vanishingly small window of alternative to get the deal performed. Kane wanted to be prepared to go away and Spurs wanted to be prepared to promote. It took a well-timed method and a club-record bid. There is no such thing as a doubt at Bayern that they made the appropriate name.
“He’ll show us proper. I’m 100 per cent satisfied,” Tuchel stated in September.
Kane, too, appears satisfied of Bayern and his determination to maneuver on from Spurs. He left because the membership’s file scorer, with 280 objectives, having endured sufficient of the darkish days that no fan might maintain a grudge.
It was a danger leaving residence, however his new environment convey new comforts. “Bayern is without doubt one of the prime six golf equipment on the earth,” says Klinsmann. “He’s in among the best environments. That provides him extra of a risk of profitable and in addition possibly a person trophy just like the Ballon d’Or.”
That’s in any case what the transfer was about. “It is what we mentioned in his final yr at Spurs,” says Klinsmann. “We simply wished him to win trophies. Hopefully he can money in.”
Kane and Bayern, it appears, met on the good time.
Watch rivals Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich on Saturday, stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 5.20pm; kick-off 5.30pm