STEVE PERRYMAN: Harry Kane is a wonderful player but he’ll overtake a ‘genius’ in Jimmy Greaves when he breaks the all-time Tottenham goal-scoring record… even though the England skipper deserves all the accolades he gets
- Steve Perryman says Harry Kane will overtake a genius in Jimmy Greaves
- Kane needs just one goal to topple Greaves as Tottenham’s record goal-scorer
- Spurs legend Perryman played with Greaves for six months in North London
Maybe on Sunday, or sometime this month, Harry Kane will officially become Tottenham’s greatest goalscorer.
Harry is a wonderful payer, a real worker and a great finisher. But the man whose record he is breaking, Jimmy Greaves, was a genius.
I don’t use the word lightly nor this comparison: I think Jimmy is the closest thing we’ve had to Lionel Messi. The style, the panache, the finishing: I should be saying Messi was close to being Jim, he was that good.
Maybe because he missed the biggest game of his life, the 1966 World Cup final, some generations don’t realise quite how much better he was than everyone else. And as such, quite how extraordinary Harry’s achievement is in going past him.
When Jimmy played, it was like the gunslinger coming into town. Fans these days seem to delight in the big star name, like Harry, missing a shot and will cheer their misfortune. Maybe times were different or maybe Jimmy was just so good people just came to see him.
Harry Kane is one goal shy of becoming Tottenham’s all-time record scorer outright
Steve Perryman says Harry Kane will be overtaking a genius when he beats Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham goal-scoring record
You had the feeling that if you played for Spurs at Ipswich, they might be desperate for their side to win but if Jimmy delivered a goal like the ones you had been seeing on TV, you were almost happy, even as an opposition fan.
I played with Jimmy for six months when I first got into the Spurs team. One of his most famous goals you can watch was against Newcastle.
I think these days they might have given me an assist, not that I deserved it. Bobby Moncur was attacking us and I got my left foot under the ball and it bounced out of the tackle into Jimmy’s path on the halfway line.
It looked like I had passed it to him, which I wish I did. He was in loads of space and then ran half the length of the field. At the last moment, he let the defender catch up with him, cut inside and finished.
A lovely goal but for me even more memorable as a 17-year-old because Jimmy jogged back and ruffled my hair as a thank you. Wow! That was some introduction to the team.
Harry deserves all the accolades he gets because his focus and professionalism off the pitch has made him the history maker he is today.
Liverpool’s academy director Alex Inglethorpe, who was my reserve centre forward at Watford, was a youth team coach at Spurs. He worked with Harry and says he’s never met anyone with such a competitive spirit.
You don’t see that in his face: he’s cool. But he’s competitive with himself. And that competitive spirit drove him to practise, practise, practise.
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Alex used to be quite picky about collecting all the balls after training. But they were always two balls short. It annoyed him because he suspected the players were hiding them. Then he’d look out of his office in the afternoon and Harry and his group would be out there doing a skills drill with the balls they had hidden.
And it wasn’t like you want to go out and shout at them because that’s what you want them to do. That’s what Harry has always done: just kept improving season by season until now, when he’s even surpassed Jimmy’s record
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