Tottenham striker Harry Kane is currently viewed as one of the best strikers in the Premier League and former Spurs players had other passions outside of football.
Not every footballer loves what they do and a former Spurs defender is among a number of players who were never fond of the beautiful game.
Meanwhile, as the Premier League season draws to a close, the race for the league’s golden boot awards hots up and Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be looking to grab the coveted award for himself.
While he currently sits behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the top of the list two others, there’s still time for the England captain to finish the season strongly.
Also, the cost of injured players can sometimes be as simple as how much a team is paying a player while they recover from injury and Spurs have been fortunate when it comes to wages being spent on players unable to play.
Here are Mirror Football’s latest Tottenham Hotspur headlines.
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Footballer’s real passion
Former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto famously said that while he didn’t hate football, it wasn’t his passion and sparked a conversation about how many players actually enjoy playing football.
For some, the game of football is just a job to them, one they are very good at and have managed to make a full-time career out of.
The former Spurs defender Assou-Ekotto isn’t the only footballer who sees football as just a ‘job’ and isn’t the only player to have been at White Hart Lane and shared a similar opinion to the 38-year-old Cameroonian.
More recently, Gareth Bale has all but confirmed that while he loves football, his real passion is playing golf.
Kane’s ranking in the league
Harry Kane hasn’t had as prolific a season in front of goal as he has in recent years. But that hasn’t stopped him from reaching double figures once again.
With the Premier League season winding down to a close, Kane is currently eight goals behind top-scorer Mohamed Salah and Spurs teammate Son Heung-min has scored more goals than the England captain this season. But what Kane has lacked in goals, he’s made up for with assists and overall build-up play.
Regardless of whether or not Kane catches up and overtakes Salah for the golden boot won’t take away from the fact that the Spurs academy graduate is a top-10 striker in the Premier League according to the Mirror’s latest rankings.
Spurs injury costs
Every team in world football has to deal with injuries to players and the devastating impact it can have on a team’s chances of success.
But one of the forgotten issues that come with injuries are paying players who are unable to play. For Tottenham, their injured wage bill hasn’t been as bad as others over the past 12 months which has allowed them to not worry about chopping and changing things in the first-team as players have managed to avoid injury.
In total, the team have had 38 players injured since the start of the 2021/22 season up to and including the weekend of January 18.