Harry Kane has made a strong start to his Bayern Munich career after making a big-money move from English Premier League club Tottenham. Adapting to a new team, a new country, and a new culture can be difficult, but Kane seems to be fitting in having been pictured enjoying Munich’s famous Oktoberfest scene with teammates.
Sometimes players can wilt under the pressure of a hefty price tag, and Kane having joined the German champions for €100 million came with a very hefty price tag. But if Kane is feeling the pressure, he’s certainly not showing it. So far, Kane has 12 goal involvements in seven games (eight goals, four assists), including a superb hat-trick at the weekend against VfL Bochum.
The England captain has seamlessly integrated into the Bayern side, and you can tell he’s enjoying his football alongside the likes of Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala. The England international is pleased with the way Die Roten helped him smoothly integrate into the squad.
Bayern Munich star Harry Kane studying Munich legend Gerd Muller
Now he’s turning his attention to the past to try and gain some insights into how to improve his game. While talking to the club’s magazine (via iMiaSanMia), Kane revealed that he’d been studying Die Roten legend Gerd Muller.
"“I wanted to find out what he was like and how he played. He was an incredible goalscorer and, from what I hear, an incredible person. It’s very special for me to follow in his footsteps.”"
Gerd Muller knows a thing or two about scoring goals in Munich having found the net on 563 occasions, making him Bayern’s all-time top scorer by a considerable margin. Current Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is second on that list with 344 goals, 219 behind Muller.
Muller was an incredible scorer and had a reputation for being clinical in the box, a poacher whose movement on and off the ball created countless chances. Not only was he the finest goalscorer for Bayern and the record holder for the Bundesliga, but he’s widely regarded as one of the finest strikers to ever play the game.
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The former Bayern striker’s international record is unquestionable, playing for West Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 appearances. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 1970 as well as the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot the same year. He then won the World Cup with West Germany in 1974.
As far as strikers are concerned, I’d say there are few better case studies for someone like Kane who’s looking to build his own legacy in Munich. The English forward may not match Muller’s tally by the time he leaves Bayern, but he will definitely have a big impact on the club’s quest to win more titles.