Skipper in waiting? Why Spurs’ hero must get the armband

From Europa League stand-in for the likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor to captain of his club in just one season… the rise of Harry Kane could be set to go into overdrive. Well, according to some reports this morning, which suggest that the goal-getting 21-year-old may be handed the armband in the not too distant future thanks to his growing importance at ‘The Lane’.

It may be early days for Kane who has, to be slightly controversial, only enjoyed around six months of looking like Premier League player, but there could be some logic to it – so here are FIVE interesting points to back it up…

A growing influence

There’s no doubting that Harry Kane is now a big part of the Spurs team. From a cup player – European and continental – the young centre-forward is now the Lilywhites’ main striker and source of goals, and reports even suggest that’s now a growing influence in terms of giving team talks.

With such confidence and a level of tactical acumen, Kane looks to have what it takes for a senior role, with the run they’ve been on – one loss in ten games and a spot in the League Cup Final – backing up what he has been bringing to the table.

The main man

As a striker, Kane’s main job is to put the ball in the back of the net… and he’s certainly been doing that. The 21-year-old has scored more goals in all competitions this term than any other Premier League player, justifying Mauricio Pochettino’s call to make him the focal point of his attack. A captain needs to do more than just put the ball between the sticks, but leading by example is a key part of wearing the armband, and Kane does that with his impressive tally and all-action playing style.

White Hart Lane hero

In modern football, it’s somewhat sad to say, local heroes are a dying breed. When Steven Gerrard retires Liverpool will lose, arguably, the best example of such a set of circumstances in the Premier League, so it would be nice to see somebody step up. Kane may have been pictured in Arsenal strips and played for their youth sides, but having spent the majority of his formative years in the white half of north London, he certainly offers a presence fans can relate to.

The chants of ‘he’s one of our own’ back that up, and he’s sure to get the support of almost every Spurs fan at White Hart Lane should he be ‘promoted’.

Leading by example

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Building from the main man point, Kane really does set an example on the pitch. In the games he’s been dropped or rested in favour of Soldado or Adebayor, Spurs have lacked the intensity he offers, with his willing running, desire to take on responsibility and, of course, ability almost infectious.

Long-term option

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Spurs fans may not want to admit it, but the club, on the whole, has been a selling one in recent times. Over the course of the past few years key players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have been shipped out for vast profits, which has contributed to a lack of progress from the Champions League days of Harry Redknapp and his top four finishes.

Although there are suggestions Kane is already attracting Real Madrid, the player himself is thought to be keen to stay at White Hart Lane, which could make him an option for the next few years and stability could be key for Tottenham…

 


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