It was always just PR.
It was 2014 and Harry Kane was a 21-year-old Spurs player struggling to make his break through.
He had been out on loan to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich city and Leicester City. He had not set the world on fire. A handful of appearances the season previous with a couple of goals.
Tottenham were struggling. They had won just 3 of their first 9 Premeir League games.
Up front they had the misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado. The pair had scored 9 and 6 Premier League goals respectively the previously season.
Kane got his opportunity against Cypriot side in the Europa League, AEL Limassol scoring in both legs.
He would continue to get his opportunities in the Europa League and League Cup, netting against Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Besiktas. He would they grab a hat trick against Asteras Tripoli.
It was against Asteras Tripoli that the “Harry Kane, his one of our own” really took off.
Disillusioned Spurs fans were desperate for any sort of success. They were dissatisfied with Soldado and Adebayor and fully got behind a home grown talent scoring goals for fun in the Europa League.
His relationship with the spurs fans was clinched with a 90th minute winner against Aston Villa – his first Premier League goal of the season. The next game he would make his first Premier League start of the season and would never look back.
Kane went with the flow, portraying himself as the home grown hero set to save Spurs.
The PR behind it ensured Kane got his opportunities following his Europa League goals. And kept his place in the team despite just 1 league goal in his first 5 Premier League starts in 2014/15. He rode the fans wave into the first team and continued riding it.
But he was never really one of their own.
As a young boy, Kane and his older brother Charlie were regulars over Highbury.
Going with their dad, Pat, the pair would sit outside The Plimsoll with a Lemonade whilst their dad and his friends drank inside.
In 2004, at the age of 11, Kane and his friends went to Islington Town Hall to celebrate Arsenal’s invincible team. The moment led to the famous picture in an Arsenal shirt with his head died red.
That same year he join Tottenham’s academy, whilst continuing to go to Arsenal games.
As he progressed through the Tottenham academy, he would begin going less.
His brother Charlie would follow the path of many young Arsenal fans and started to do home and away going to as many games as possible.
The family only disappeared off the scene at Arsenal due to Harry’s progression into the first team at Tottenham. A decision was made to sever their ties with the club they all grew up watching for the benefit of Kane’s career.
An average striker who grew up in an Arsenal supporting family, who regularly went Highbury would not have the same impact as being one of Tottenham’s own. He would not have had the same backing from their fans that he got.
So the family kept everything very quiet. Shutting down any mention of their links with Arsenal. Furious when the picture of Kane celebrating in 2004 was leaked. Charlie bought in to being “the brothers hero” held on the shoulders of Tottenham fans as they celebrated in Chingford.
Friends who knew him from a young age mocked him for his change in allegiance.
And then we fast forward to now, and the transfer saga over the summer.
The Kane’s pushed hard for a move from Tottenham to Manchester City. They showed their true colours that they never really loved Tottenham. Kane was not living a boyhood dream playing for the club he loved.
This season he has looked disinterested. Unfit.
He clearly no longer wants to be at the club anymore and is barely breaking into a sweat on the pitch.
After 7 years, the honeymoon with Spurs is over. The fans no longer sing his name. His star diminishes with every lackadaisical performance.
Next summer he will be 29-years-old and will probably push for a move again. But who will willing to spend big on him, at that age, with his ankles?
He is probably now counting down to his retirement. To being able to buy a box at the Emirates and sneak back in with his family. Watching the team he grow up supporting with a cap pulled down over his head.
Harry Kane…he was never one of their own.