Physical improvement led to playing improvement
It was nice to be back and following on from the Harry Kane mental strength article and the fact Spurs need more winners like him, I thought I'd give you an example of him paying attention to detail and improving every aspect, not just his ability with a ball.
The Independent reported in October 2017 that Kane made a resolution New Year resolution for the beginning of 2017 year and he hired a personal chef to take his nutrition more seriously. His body is the tool of his trade and so his body must be in the best shape it can possibly be nutrition wise for him to have the energy levels to perform as he does and maintain the concentration for 95 minutes. Here is what Kane told the press back then.
“We’ve got a good plan going and it seems to be working. The precise schedule of the meals, relating to training and matches, is important. You could eat healthily all week and then carbs before a game, and that could make your body go into shock because you’re not used to it. So maybe eat higher carbs sometimes, lower other times, making plans around training.
“When you’re playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday there’s not a lot of time to train. So it’s about making those little gains in other ways: Ice baths, stretching, nutrition. That keeps as you as fresh as you can be. It’s a big part of football nowadays.”
Every player makes mistakes, but patterns do emerge. I know many don't lie it but a player I was shouting we should sign 2 years before we did was Eric Dier, he has a habit of making mistakes in big games which lead to goals. It is something he needs to work on, it's a mental thing, he has lapses in concentration.
I'm not suggestion his nutrition isn't good enough or fitness isn't good enough, but concentration is a skill that can be developed and it is an aspect he can improve. It is these fine things that can help to take us to the next level.
If every player in the squad made 2 tiny improvements each month then whatever team we put out would have made 22 improvements from the previous month, over a 9 month season that is 198 tiny improvements, over a year 242 tiny improvements.
Add to that the coaching staff, the medical staff, the commercial operations, transfer dealings, every aspect and you are making positive changes, you are making a difference, you are continually improving as a club, as a team.
Harry Kane hired a chef to make a tiny improvement and it hasn't done him any harm has it. He is an example to every member of staff at the club, off the field as well as on.