Gareth Southgate is a very lucky man when he has the likes of Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Tottenham’s Harry Kane to chose from in his England team.
Both players starred for their club’s last season, and took their excellent form into the World Cup, where England had a terrific run. Both are hungry for more success this season, as both clubs chase silverware.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…
Since joining Man City from Liverpool in 2015 for £49m, Sterling has established himself as one of the best wingers in England. He was already highly regarded while at Liverpool, but the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad has just taken him up another level.
A Premier League winner and a League Cup winner with The Cityzens, Sterling is a regular for the Spaniard, and for Southgate for England.
It was a large sum the Premier League champions paid for him, but when it brings a team success, many say it’s worth it.
TT Grade: A
When Tottenham academy product Kane broke onto the scene for the club in 2013, not many people fancied the ungainly striker’s chances. Fast forward five years and he is the England captain, two time Premier League Golden Boot winner, World Cup Golden Boot winner, PFA Young Player of the Year winner, England Player of the Year Winner and a member of the World Cup Dream Team as well as a four time member of the PFA Team of the Year.
Some tip Kane to break the Premier League goal scoring record and Wayne Rooney recently said he expects the 25-year-old to become England’s highest scorer. He is feared as one of the most accomplished finishers in world football and is on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Seeing as Tottenham had him as a boy, this was a brilliant find and investment, as he looks destined to become one of the club’s greatest ever players if he stays.
TT Grade: A+
This is an intriguing case where one player has the team accolades, Sterling, whereas the other has a plethora of individual accolades, Kane. This works for and against each player.
However, it is Kane’s reputation on the global stage which makes him the winner in this battle, not to mention the fact that Spurs didn’t pay a penny for him either.