Harry Kane’s relentless goal-scoring exploits are causing some issues at home.
Like where the Tottenham striker stores his growing collection of awards.
“I’m hoping to build a room for the match balls and trophies,” Kane said. “It isn’t built yet but, hopefully, it will be soon. At the moment, the balls are just in bags, in the cupboards, waiting to be put up.”
Then there’s how to deal with Kane’s coach declaring his love for him.
“My wife is so jealous,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said with a smile, “and his wife, too.”
The admiring glances are unlikely to stop there, for most of the world’s top strikers will be jealous of what Kane is doing at the moment.
His scoring numbers are becoming extraordinary: 34 goals in 30 games for Tottenham in 2017, taking in his now-customary barren August; six hat tricks at club level this year, as many as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski combined; and 19 goals in his last nine away games for Tottenham and England, including nine in his last four.
“I’d say it’s the most confident I’ve felt,” Kane said after his latest hat trick, in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Fittingly it was a so-called “perfect hat trick” — right foot, left foot and header. Kane, at present, can do no wrong.
His torrent of goals is leading to incessant talk in England of whether he belongs in the “world class” category of soccer players, headed by Messi and Ronaldo for much of the past decade.
Invariably, each goal he scores also sparks discussion of how long Tottenham can keep hold of its star player, with the club known for not paying its players as much as the heavyweights of the European game.
The 24-year-old Kane is so level-headed and humble that this is unlikely to faze or agitate him. A father for the first time in January, Kane seems to be a model professional and never gets involved in any off-the-field controversies.
His focus is on working on his game and working hard for the team — and maybe now working on some home improvements.
“It’s part of being more mature,” Kane said. “The more I play, the more I get a sense of what defenders will…