£100m Harry Kane’s stunning first season at Bayern Munich - according to Football Manager 2023
The world’s most popular managerial simulation predicts how the England skipper would fare if he makes a big money move to Bayern Munich.
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One of the most tedious sagas of the summer transfer window looks to finally have come to a close - Harry Kane could be ready to cut his ties with Tottenham Hotspur and make a £100million move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, with reports saying the have at last hashed out a fee.
For the time being, the England captain remains a Spurs player, but a huge decision awaits him as he weighs up the merits of cementing his legacy as a club legend against finally winning some silverware - and no, pre-season trophies do not count.
As the England skipper hums and haws over where he’ll be plying his trade this season, with the latest reports suggesting he may well in fact stay put, we fired up Football Manager to play out his potential first season in the virtual world.
So, pack your bags Harry, it’s time to put aside any thoughts of walking out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season and focus on leading Bayern’s hopes to complete what would be a famous treble by plundering the goals that will see them land the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.
Will the £100million investment pay dividends? Let’s slip into editor mode and see how he fares...
It’s probably not going to shock anyone to find out Bayern became Bundesliga champions in Kane’s first season with the club - and it’s probably even less of a shock to discover the England captain was integral in their success. After getting off to a positive start with a debut goal in a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, Kane scored in successive home games against Wolfsburg and Bochum to really set the tone for his league season.
Although he was unable to score in the first Klassiker of the season, the former Spurs man did provide goals for Junior Musiala and Thomas Muller has his side claimed a 2-1 win in Dortmund. He did find the net in the reverse fixture between the two sides - but that was not enough to prevent Bayern falling to a defeat as Borussia gained revenge with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena.
That was one of just two defeats suffered by Kane’s side in the entire season, with the other coming at RB Leipzig as Bayern crashed to a 4-1 loss at the Red Bull Arena. However, a strong end to their league campaign saw Bayern eased to the title as seven wins in their last eight games ensured they ended the season with a 22-point lead over Leipzig.
Kane grabbed a goal (and missed a penalty) in the title-clinching victory at Mainz as he ended his first league season with 22 goals in 34 appearances and a first piece of major silverware in his pocket.
DFB Pokal (German Cup)
Kane also made a major impact in the cup as he scored in every single round to help Bayern reach the final. The England man actually grabbed his first competitive goal in a 8-0 win at Furstenwalde as his side eased past the minnows in a first round tie.
The goals continued to flow as Freiburg, Bochum, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen were vanquished with Kane reliably netting solitary strikes in each tie. And of course he scored in the final as his side came from a goal down to see off Borussia Monchengladbach to complete a domestic double.
Now for the big one! Kane made an immediate - but ultimately unsuccessful - return to England as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in their first group stage game. Despite wins over the likes of Inter and Club Brugge that garnered a total of 13 goals for his side, Kane failed to find the net as Bayern joined the Red Devils in the knockout stages.
However, he did come to the fore in a round of 16, scoring home and away against Paris Saint-Germain to help Bayern squeeze through with a 4-3 aggregate win. And all seemed well when the former Spurs man grabbed an equaliser in the quarter-final away tie against Barcelona - but he and his side drew a blank at home as goals from Ansu Fati and Pedri took the Catalans into the semi-final, where they were beaten by eventual winners and deadly rivals Real Madrid.
Despite that disappointment, Kane ended his first season with Bayern by completing a league and cup double and posting impressive figures of 34 goals and 10 assists in 50 appearances in all competitions.