Harry Kane has been a revelation for Tottenham Hotspur this season, with the 21-year-old scoring his 11th goal of the campaign in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Swansea City on Sunday. Kane eventually broke into Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League starting eleven in early November and has never looked back since.
After showcasing his talents in the early rounds of the Europa League, Kane eventually wore down his boss with his performances, to earn his first ever league start for Spurs – which came in the 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City last month. Not only has he stamped down his authority on a starting place since, the England under-21 international has become one of Spurs’ most vital players in the process.
Kane had scored seven goals in six cup games, before netting his first Premier League goal of the season with the late winner in Spurs’ 2-1 win at Villa Park last month. Since then, the striker has started in every league game, and has upped his goal tally to 11 in 20 games in all competitions.
Due to his consistently impressive performances for Tottenham, there were suggestions that he should have been called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad in November. Unfortunately for Kane, he was overlooked that time, but he is certainly going the right way about earning a senior call – and it will only be a matter of time before he does.
Kane has continued to develop in the Tottenham first-team and he has now turned himself into a real asset for Pochettino’s side – something he couldn’t have envisioned at the start of the campaign. Spurs are becoming ever more reliant on their young forward, but that seems to be something that Kane is relishing in.
The recent poor form of Tottenham’s main strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, have made Kane stand out even more. The pair have scored a combined total of five goals in 30 games so far for Spurs this season – which has really proved the difference between Kane and his attacking counterparts.
Where would Spurs be without Kane this season? His goals against Aston Villa, Hull City and Swansea have all been the difference between one and three points, and his Europa League exploits certainly gave Spurs the platform to progress so easily. If the 21-year-old continues to get vital goals, he could yet fire Spurs into the top four come the end of the season.
Tottenham have had a very indifferent and inconsistent start to their campaign. Despite comfortably progressing in Europe, Spurs currently sit in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League – with 24 points from 16 games. Their form at White Hart Lane will be Pochettino’s main concern. The Lilywhites have lost half of their home league games so far, including defeats to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Stoke City.
But the rise of Harry Kane has certainly been the highlight of Spurs’ season so far. It’s not just his goalscoring prowess that has earned him so much praise either – his tireless running on Sunday against Swansea has been the hallmark of his development.
Harry Kane has been very patient at White Hart Lane over the years. He has been loaned out on numerous occasions, and has certainly had to bide his time. But the 21-year-old is now repaying Tottenham’s continued faith in him – with excellent performances and an impressive goal return.
It’s now up to Spurs to make him the main striker at White Hart Lane, give him the number nine shirt, and let him have all he needs to be a major success at the club for many years to come.