Tottenham star Harry Kane admits Erling Haaland deserves credit for a ‘fantastic’ start to life in a Manchester City shirt.
Haaland has had 20 goals in 12 games since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in a £51million deal over the summer.
Kane, meanwhile, has quietly enjoyed a strong start to the 2022/23 campaign himself, with eight goals in 12 games.
But his performances have been dwarfed by Haaland’s unprecedented form.
City tried to sign Kane in the summer of 2021, but Spurs rejected a final bid of £150m for the 29-year-old.
City wanted to sign the Tottenham striker last summer, but they ended up bringing in Haaland from Borussia Dortmund just 12 months later. With Rio Ferdinand saying Harry Kane must feel ‘sick’ when watching Erling Haaland score for Manchester City.
Kane’s a goal scorer, he’s a killer, he’s as cold as you get. In any era he scores goals,” Ferdinand told FIVE.
“He would’ve been brilliant at City. If I’m him, I’m absolutely puking up in my own mouth and trying not to swallow it when I’m watching Haaland now. I’m thinking ‘that could have been me’, ‘that could have been me’.
“That [last summer] was a moment for Harry Kane to go ‘what I’ve done at Tottenham can never be discredited”.
“It was there for the taking. I don’t know how it didn’t happen from all parties. He must be so sick.”
Kane was asked about Erling Haaland, who has begun the season in such scorching form at City. Kane has only respect and admiration for him but the rest are of no concern. “Because it’s nothing I can control,” Kane said.
“He has had a fantastic start to the season and full credit to him but it is nothing I can control.
“I am concentrating on what I can do and helping the team in any way that is possible.
“It has been going well so far in the Premier League. I want to try to score a few more goals in the Champions League for sure.
“People are talking about him and rightly so as he has had a fantastic start.
“We have a long way to go and there are a lot of games coming up. I am just concentrating on what I can do.”
Kane determined to prove people wrong and deliver Champions League goals.
The 29-year-old read a bedtime story for the nation’s children that evening on CBeebies and, in it, he admitted to feeling vulnerable and fearful at times, and how it was OK.
This was Kane opening up to own the narrative in all the right ways and for all the right reasons. It also highlighted the single truth behind everything he has achieved. To paraphrase him from his press conference before the pivotal Champions League tie at home against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night, his identity is to fight and to prove people wrong.
This season has started well for him, with eight goals in nine Premier League appearances, but has been unable to carry his Premier League form to continental stage. He’s yet to score in three Champions League ties so far, with even Antonio Conte, acknowledging that “we need his goals in the Champions League”.
“I want to score in every game. There have been a few in the [Champions League] group and I’ve been disappointed not to get on the scoresheet. I’m hoping I can turn it around.”
For Kane and his teammates the ruthlessness was not there in last Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Eintracht in Frankfurt and, with the group finely balanced, Conte did not have to spell out why Spurs had to “exploit” this tie and the one that follows against Sporting, also at home.
Conte will again be without Dejan Kulusevski, who has had a precautionary scan on his injured hamstring; it showed no problems and he could return against Everton on Saturday. Lucas Moura is back in the squad after a tendon issue.