For Tottenham fans that cannot quite place the name ‘Harry Kane’, it is the name belonging to that chap from the Spurs academy that never seems to stop scoring. The Walthamstow-born striker does not turn 17 until July, but that has not stopped him becoming a regular fixture in the Tottenham under-18s Barclays FA Academy League Group B, in which Kane has notched up an impressive 14 goals in 17 performances to date. Last week, Kane’s performances for Tottenham earned him international recognition, as the youngster made his debut for England under-17s in the prestigious Algarve Tournament in Portugal.
Harry broke into the Premier Academy League as an Under-16 player last season, and scored on his first start for the club against West Ham in a 4-1 win in May. Despite being relatively new to the team, Harry has taken on the mantle as captain for the academy side this term, and his goal scoring exploits have seen the Tottenham academy side score more goals than anyone else in their division. Spurs are currently placed in second place behind the highly-rated Leicester City academy, and at just 16, Kane has become a major force for the academy this term.
The England youngster is not only recognized for his ability to score prolifically, but Kane is also capable of scoring spectacular goals, especially from dead-ball situations, where against Watford recently, Kane managed to score two free-kicks in one match in a 3-2 victory for Alex Inglethorpe’s men. Kane’s reputation at the club is such that in earlier on in the season he found himself, at just 16 and 3 months old, on the bench in a Carling Cup tie with Everton.
Kane is a product of the Tottenham youth set-up, and is evidence of the good job currently being conducted by academy manager John McDermott. Although players such as Dean Parrett and John Bostock have received more media attention to date, despite being older than Kane, they both may cost Tottenham upwards of £1m depending on how their careers progress, so it is refreshing to see a product of the Tottenham academy progressing so quickly, at such a young age. Tottenham have produced few first team Premier League players in recent history, but the current buzz surrounding certain players at the club is hopefully a sign that one day soon one of these boys will become a regular in Tottenham’s first team squad.
Kane played for 63 minutes in England’s 1-1 draw with France, and appeared in the 70th minute as a substitute against Ukraine in an impressive 3-0 win.