So it appears that Harry Kane may well be coming to Manchester City, if the numerous reports that emerged yesterday are correct. And if they are to be believed, the blues are about to pay £160m for the England striker, and pay him £400,000 per week, depending on which media outlet you read.
The actual fee is likely to be nowhere near that, as the media do like to he
a) exaggerate and
b) add the guessed at wages over the course of his contract and add it to the estimated transfer amount
however the amount is still likely to break the current British transfer record.
So what will he bring to City should the deal conclude?
At a little over 6ft all, Kane would be the tallest target man in City’s attack, which would of course be useful for the wingers. All too often last season, City would put crosses into the box, only to be met and cleared by the head of a defender. Kane would add height and strength to City’s attack.
Premier League Experience
One advantage Kane has over others, including Erling Braut Haaland is his Premier League experience. Kane won’t need time to adapt to the pace, riguours and physicality of the Premier League, which will be a bonus. Haaland may struggle to adjust in the PL at first and that may affect confidence, but Kane has the knowledge and experience and will likely hit the ground running.
Is Kane Right For City?
Harry Kane would be a good fit to the City set-up, however, in my own opinion he is no Aguero. But watching him play for England, he seems to drift off to the wings instead of getting in the middle, and that won’t suit City.
When Ederson plays the long balls forward, I don’t think he has the tactical skill as Aguero did to collect the ball and quickly turn towards goal, and that may slow the blues down which wouldn’t suit City’s style.
But should he sign, he’ll get the service and he will knock in a few goals, and no doubt he’ll learn how to play ‘the Pepe way,’ but will it take too long for the striker to understand and integrate?
My feeling is that it will and that City would be better to spend the money on someone like Haaland who will grow with the team.
What do you think?