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Friday, 13 November 2015

Pochettino - Kane's mental strength is crucial

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that is Harry Kane's winning mentality that has seen him become the real deal talent that he is. Clubs around Europe are taking note of him, Louis van Gaal is reported to have asked Manchester United to do everything to sign him and Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich is reported to have asked the German champions to sign him.

Clearly then Harry Kane is not bog standard, clearly there is more to Kane than was meeting many a supporters eye and many a journalist's eye too. Regular readers will know when I refer to a winning mentality is is the whole gamut I am referring to. A winning mentality is not just about winning a football match, it is about winning the contest to be the best you can be, it is about working to improve every day, it is about having the right thought process to determine what you have to do to get to the top and doing it.

It is about having the motivation to do it. I have no doubt you yourself have determined to do something and never done it, why, because you have not been sufficiently motivated to do so otherwise you would have done. Knowing what motivates you and putting that to work is the single most important thing a footballer can do. harry Kane has that drive and that's why I have written before that players, even senior experienced players, can learn from Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino recently spoke to the press and spoke of his tremendous mental strength and his work rate to improve. 

"When we arrived he was behind Soldado and Adebayor. We gave him the tools and he knew how to use them. He has a tremendous talent and mental strength. It is crucial. If he could he would train twice daily. Works overtime to keep improving."

Emmanuel Adebayor has talent, what player would he be if he had the motivation to apply himself the way Kane does? Erik Lamela, Mousa Dembele seem to have learnt and taken it on board, Dele Alli and Eric Dier show it, Andros Townsend doesn't, does Tom Carroll?

When you hear Gary Neville talk about this Tottenham side working now, about doing what you expect from any player, he is talking not just about the effort on the pitch, but the work they do on the training ground before they get to the pitch. The donkey work has to be done there to be able to produce it on the pitch. Spurs have not always had that, it is the first rung for a player now, a minimum requirement. If you go through the Tottenham squad now you would largely pick te same players as everyone else as those motivated to improve.

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