Miloš Veljkovic was full of praise for Harry Kane, revealing in an interview with Spox that the Tottenham Hotspur striker “changed his diet and training…for his dream of professional football”. The Werder Bremen defender spent five years at White Hart Lane, making three first-team appearances between 2011 and 2016, and he says he remembers playing with Kane in the reserves.
Veljkovic described Kane as a ruthless frontman even before his rise to prominence and says his success has come from hard work after so many failed loan spells away. While having left the club two years ago himself, the Serbian international recalled a conversation the pair hard about future plans, where Kane revealed he would change his entire lifestyle to make it professional in football despite recovering from a broken foot at the time.
Now he’s reaping the rewards, and Veljkovic couldn’t be more proud. He said: “I played a lot of games with him in the second team. He was already a great player with an excellent goal instinct and a strong technique. He was on loan a few times and did not succeed everywhere. But he has worked steadily on himself. I can remember a good conversation with him when he was on loan to Norwich. He had a broken foot and was out for a long time.
“Then he told me he would change his lifestyle in rehab. For his dream of professional football, he completely changed his diet and training. That paid off”. Kane has gone on to score 152 goals in 232 games for Tottenham, in addition to boasting 20 goals in 35 games for the England national team. The 25-year-old spent time on loan with the likes of Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City but benefitted the most from first-team football at Tottenham. He hasn’t looked back since.