Since being named as a “backup” substitute for the 2012 Champions League final — i.e. an emergency player just in case more injuries struck the squad — and partaking in the wild celebratory scenes that followed in Bayern’s own backyard after Didier Drogba tucked away his winning penalty kick, Todd “I would sign a 10-year Chelsea contract if I could” Kane has worn a deep rut into the loan path of his Chelsea “career”.
Having spent time at ... deep breath ... Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, NEC Nijmegen, Groningen, Oxford United, and currently Hull City in the last six years, the former Chelsea youth and reserves captain looks set for his honorable discharge from the Loan Army this summer. At 25 years of age, his well past the date most give up this nomadic existence, though a devastating ACL injury suffered at NEC a couple years ago probably derailed and delayed any such previous plans. But he’s now fully fit and featuring regularly for Hull City in the Championship.
His performances have led to suggestions that he might return next season as well, this time without the Chelsea umbrella. The two-year extension he signed in 2017 is up at the end of the season, and he will be ready to fly free and begin his career in earnest.
It’s not too late for greatness, Toddy!