Granted, it’s League One, but young Liverpool-owned central midfielder Herbie Kane is having a terrific season at Doncaster Rovers. The midfielder offers excellent technique and dribbling ability in central areas, and faces his stiffest test today in the FA Cup against Premier League side Crystal Palace.
It’s not phasing him.
“I would probably say it’s the biggest game of my career”, Kane told The Mirror. “But I don’t really look into it too much.
“I just go out there and play and try and win. I’m not interested in who we are playing or anything like that. I just focus on myself and our team.
“I couldn’t tell you who I play like. You would have to ask someone who has watched me. I would say I have got technique and I can run.
“I’m box-to-box. I like defending and I like attacking. I was tempted by the interest in me because I want to challenge myself and I want to get higher up the league.
“But I’m playing here and doing well. The manager trusts me. I want to try and get Doncaster promoted so I’m happy to stay here.”
Talking of significant figures in his career, Kane was mentioned in Steven Gerrard’s own autobiography as a future star. Having worked with Gerrard at Liverpool’s academy last season, it’s unsurprising he’s been an important figure in Kane’s career.
“When I was younger being a midfielder”, Kane added, “he was the kind of person I looked up to growing up. Just from his goals and the way that he played.
“Yes, that’s who I looked up to. And I joined Liverpool because I felt good when I went there. It felt more like home and that’s why I went there.
“The only memory I had was when I was little and Liverpool played against Luton in the FA Cup. Then Steven Gerrard was the manager of the under 19s.
“He would give me advice and tips if I asked. He was very approachable and he was a good help for everyone.”
It’s always difficult to predict how young players will turn out. Kane seemingly has the talent and the right attitude, but who knows what the future will hold. Right now, though, the future seems bright for this young man.