Harry Kane’s continued emergence this season has been a little unfortunate.
Because of the fairytale season for Leicester City, very little else appears to receive much in the way of media attention.
True – it is a wonderful story and it will be seen as even more fantastic in the eyes of the footballing world if, as they should, they win the league. Other stories have been circulating, but one player seems to have gone under the radar this season and it’s time to right a fundamental injustice.
At 22, Harry Kane has surpassed all expectations and gone on to have yet another superbly consistent season for his club and country.
He is the Premier League’s current top scorer with 24, two ahead of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and with the Foxes ace missing for a game (maybe more), Kane can extend the lead and win the award that he certainly deserves to collect. This season, Kane is on his way to achieving 30 goals in all competitions and in this era, that is incredible. It’s worth noting that the England man has scored more goals than the entire Aston Villa team in the league this term.
Certainly one of the first scribblings on Roy Hodgson’s list of players going to France this summer should be the four letters that spell KANE. His four goals in 10 games in the white shirt illustrate the emergence of a top class striker who has many years ahead of him. Watch out Wayne Rooney, he’ll be after your record!
It seems obvious that the one season wonder tag that was pinned onto the young striker has really irritated him, because he has come back firing on all cylinders for the current year. Sometimes, that’s all you need to fire you up. Strangely enough, it’s now Leicester City that are wearing the tag, as Kane proves his doubters wrong.
“There was a lot of talk at the start of the season,” Kane said. “It fuelled the fire in my belly to want to prove them wrong and I’ve gone and done that. It doesn’t stop here for me. It’s not a case of: ‘OK, I’m happy where I am’. I want to go and get more goals, create my chances for the team and do my best for Tottenham Hotspur.”
He is also the first Englishman to break the 20-goal mark in two consecutive seasons since Alan Shearer, nearly 20 years ago. Others have achieved this feat on occasions in the past, but Kane also looks likely to be the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Kevin Phillips in 2000.
Perhaps making his achievements all the more impressive, Kane didn’t look anywhere near his best at the start of the campaign. He was off the pace, clumsy and mis-firing, but whilst his mojo took some time to turn, Tottenham are certainly reaping the benefits of the class and skill to match many on the continent now.
It’s still early days mind you. The Spurs ace has a long way to go, but he does have time on his side. For Vardy, it has been a meteoric rise and one feels next season will tell us more about whether he is a part of Leicester’s ‘one season wonders’, or whether he’s more than that as a player.
Leicester’s rise to prominence has meant that Kane’s abilities have not hit the headlines as often as they otherwise might. Maybe that’s worked in his favour, but credit to the lad because he’s just got on with his job, quietly, efficiently and with devastating impact – just ask Stoke City.
Kane, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen: is there a better attacking force in the Premier League? The way they play, with Kane happy to drop deep to collect the ball rather than just hang around the box waiting for a half chance, is lethal. The way they knit together, sublime passes, movement and pace gives opponents headaches. But the deciding factor in all of this luxurious play is that Kane buries the ball each time, clinically and decisively.
Leicester City could very well take the label of ‘one season wonders’ and keep it, and it would be no bad thing. But Kane is a joy to behold and is certainly much more then initially expected.
Tottenham will do well to hold onto him this summer.
The last word goes to his manager, Mauricio Pochettino: “Harry is one of the best. ‘I’ve told you before.”