Harry Kane: This London club made me the player I am today (not Tottenham)
By Matt Farr
Tottenham star Harry Kane has thanked Millwall for the influence they had on his career ahead of the reunion with his former club on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Tottenham sensation told the Evening Standard that Millwall had helped turn him from a boy into a man, one that has now established himself as one of the best strikers in Europe.
Kane spent four months on loan at the club during the 2011-12 season, scoring nine goals from 27 appearances in their battle for Championship survival.
But he is set to go up against his former employers with Tottenham on Sunday, with the two sides meeting in the FA Cup quarter final at White Hart Lane.
Reflecting on his time with the Lions, Kane told the Standard: “I had a great time at Millwall. I enjoyed my loan spell there, which was a big part of my development. I was 18 at the time, playing in the Championship.
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“We were in a relegation battle and it probably turned me into a man, really. I was playing in high pressure games and I managed to come out of it positively.
“It will be interesting to play them again. A lot has changed since I left, but I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
Kane also had loan spells with Leyton Orient, Norwich and Leicester as a youngster, but his time with Millwall remains his most successful stint in terms of his goals return.
However, his efforts simply pail in comparison to his current goalscoring form as a senior player for Tottenham, and he is on course to net more than 20 goals in a Premier League campaign for the third successive season.
The England international has already netted 24 goals in all competitions this season (including 19 from just 22 Premier League appearances), and has scored eight goals in his last four matches.
Tottenham beat Aston Villa, Wycombe and Fulham on their route to the FA Cup quarter-finals, with Kane scoring a hat-trick in the thumping win over the Cottagers in the previous round.