After coolly firing past Manchester City’s Willy Caballero last time out, Harry Kane is now successfully up and running for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign. It may not have been the sweetest of finishes to see the current England international launch himself off the mark this season, but it was an important moment nonetheless.
Prior to scoring Tottenham Hotspur’s third of their four goals against Manuel Pellegrini’s expensively sourced outfit last Saturday, the unforgiving terms of ‘goal-drought’ and ‘one-season-wonder’ seemed somewhat inescapable for the 22-year-old Spurs front-man. As quick as some people are to issue praise before it’s genuinely deserved within the English footballing community, they’re equally just willing to go over-board on the criticism when the time suits them.
In the case of Kane, the Tottenham striker has now pretty much experienced both sides of the scale throughout his brief spell among the English top-flight. So, has the centre-forward finally discovered his scoring boots for the 2015/16 campaign, or is Harry Kane simply nothing more than that ‘flash in the pan’ player some have recently made him out to be?
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Well, as of yet the best we can remain is relatively unsure. One goal across an entire season doesn’t really mean a great deal within the grand scheme of things after all, no matter how well received it may have been among the White Hart Lane faithful. For his truly impressive goal-scoring exploits achieved throughout last term, the Spurs striker certainly deserved credit – but as this is a whole new campaign we are currently talking about – Harry Kane is just another Premier League front-man looking to make a name for himself this year.
As several of the centre-forward’s goals across 2014/15 came either from the penalty spot, or within the less than testing realms of Europa League football, there was actually no guarantee whatsoever that Harry Kane would repeat his past form in the new season. He is still a young footballer trying to establish himself among the English top-flight. Some of the crazy transfer quotes circling the current Tottenham favourite throughout the course of the summer were quite frankly ridiculous.
Although his finishing prowess in and around the box was nonetheless commendable last season – the 22-year-old front-man isn’t the most technically gifted attacker the Premier League has ever seen, and his pace in the final third has seemingly failed to capture the attention of football fans in this country. Kane therefore remains a player who could still see his career go in either direction. Much like fellow England international John Stones, the overall evaluation on how well these young stars will actually develop among the top-flight remains to be decided.
Those who have been criticising the up and coming Tottenham striker for supposedly failing to do the business in front of goal this term however, must equally be called into question. The 2015/16 campaign is barely old enough for comment at this stage. Harry Kane may have seen his earlier attempts thwarted in the final third before last weekend’s face-off with Manchester City – but now he has that all-important opening goal to his name – the current England first-teamer could potentially still experience a further improved campaign this time around.
Yet even when he isn’t scoring in abundance across the domestic season, the 22-year-old nonetheless proves rather adept with his hold-up play, as well as when providing an extra set of legs to play off of with his back to goal. Being a Premier League striker simply isn’t all about scoring goals, no matter how much certain sports newspaper head-lines seem to suggest otherwise.
Therefore, as we’ve barely seen enough of what fate has in store for the striker throughout 2015/16, we ultimately don’t know how well Harry Kane will perform this season. He will most likely find the back of the net a great deal more frequently later on down the line – even if he understandably fails to match his impressive tallies recorded last season.
That said, Kane could also falter dramatically this term and only register one or two more unceremonious finishes to his name. Either way, the young England international simply doesn’t need the spot-light to be consistency fixed upon his performances good or bad. With enough confidence placed in him, the Spurs striker will eventually show himself to be the player he really is over the next few years – and until then – our overall verdict on the front-man must wait.