So apparently we can credit Football Manager for inspiring Harry Kane to new heights.
Clearly that’s a bit of a stretch, but the Spurs star is a big “gamer” and hasn’t felt like the video game, which allows fans to be a — you guessed it — football manager, has given him his due.
Kane, of course, is red-hot now, but the 22-year-old had his growing pains during loan stints at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City.
During that time, his statistics in his beloved game were substandard. The guy who runs the game is Miles Jacobson, and he feels bad about that now.
I met him at the London Football Awards and he is known for playing a lot of computer games and I said ‘we get 0.5 percent wrong, you were one that we got wrong’, and he said to me one of the reasons he was trying so hard was to make sure his stats were better in the game.
So that’s right Spurs fans. Football Manager’s continual “underrating” of Kane helped drive the English striker to the next level.
It’s easy to forget these guys are quite young.