Harry Kane's Spurs form inspired by shoddy stats on Football Manager
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is among the Premier League's hardest-working and most-talented players, but there's an unusual reason for his commendable commitment: Football Manager (FM).
Miles Jacobson, sports director of Sports Interactive -- the company that develops the addictive management simulation game, has revealed he apologised to Kane for his shoddy stats on previous editions of FM.
And Kane has since revealed that a desire to improve on those stats was part of the reason for rise to fame with Spurs.
Kane had unspectacular loan spells at Norwich City and Leicester before bursting onto the scene last season with 31 goals in all competitions.
He finished 2015 with eight more Premier League goals than any other player, and Jacobson admits the creators of Football Manager made a rare mistake in evaluating Kane's potential.
When asked by the Daily Mirror if he had ever had to apologise to a player, Jacobson replied: "Harry Kane. We did always have him as all right but I have personally said sorry to him because there was a long period where he was on loan at other clubs and we didn't think he was going to reach the heights that he has done.
"I met him at the London Football Awards and he is known for playing a lot of computer games and I said 'we get 0.5 percent wrong, you were one that we got wrong,' and he said to me one of the reasons he was trying so hard was to make sure his stats were better in the game!
"He's been a revelation for a lot of people and was just a late bloomer and was probably suited better to playing Premier League football than Championship football, which is rare and usually the other way."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.