One of the biggest and most interesting transfers this summer was Harry Kane’s move to Bayern Munich. It’s starting to happen more frequently, but traditionally it has been quite rare for an England star to move away from the Premier League.
Players like David Beckham and Michael Owen were noted for it when they moved to Madrid, and Harry Kane referenced seeing the David Beckham move as inspiration when we was a young player, thinking one day he might play in a different country.
Moving to a new country as a footballer is interesting because you have to adapt on the pitch to the style of play in the league, but also some cultural differences and new languages can make your day-to-day experience very different.
Harry Kane seems to have settled into his new environment in Germany though. On his club debut Bayern missed out on the German Supercup to RB Leipzig, and people joked that Kane fumbled his opportunity win a first trophy. But when the Bundesliga season started Kane was firing and got a goal and an assist on his league debut with a 4-0 win against Werder Bremen.
No one should be surprised about his motivation. He is so focused and wants this move to succeed just as much as Bayern do. It’s a club with big history that has achieved so much, and you know they’ve thought a lot and planned carefully to get the England captain in the team.
This weekend he netted a brace on his home Bundesliga debut, as Bayern won 3-1 against Augsburg. His first goal was a penalty that he took cooly, under what will have been a lot of pressure in front of 75,000 fans at his new home. Kane looks as cold as ice and that he doesn’t feel the pressure though, and went on to score another goal with a lob, taking his tally for the season to 3 goals.
Bayern have been champions for 10 seasons in a row in Germany and if he continues as he began you can only expect it will be 11 in a row! There is a bit of pressure to succeed but that is always expected at Bayern and so far Kane is handling it well.