After defying his critics by ending his 687-minute goal drought for Tottenham, it’s time for Harry Kane to kick on and have another season to remember. This time last year a Kane goal drought would not have made headline news, in fact most people had never heard of him.
Whilst on the fringes of the Tottenham squad, Kane made the most of his opportunities in the Europa League, before playing his way into the Premier League starting eleven. His emergence last year produced a staggering end of season goal tally of 32 goals.
Kane: "When you score like last season it becomes a drug and when someone takes it away from you, you want to get it back." #THFC
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) September 27, 2015
His objective this year isn’t to improve on his impressive tally from last season, it is now a question of consistency. Many players have scored goals over the course of a single season, although sustaining it for an entire career is a different story. There’s a fine line between becoming the next Andy Carroll or the next Alan Shearer, the next Francis Jeffers or the next Wayne Rooney.
Kane is a different player to last season, not technically but commercially. He is the new number 10 for Spurs, a £40million striker and the current young player of the year.
Right now the FA sees Harry Kane has a rough diamond that needs to be polished. As though publicity and sponsorship are going to make him into an England legend. That’s why people panicked when he didn’t score for 687 minutes, because the media has invested so much in this kid.
Many believe that Harry Kane will match his dizzying heights of last season, but not because he has the potential to, but because he is contracted to. How else is he going to justify a higher rating on FIFA 16?
English football has always got excited about promising young players. Although in recent years, rather than nurturing talent, football’s businessmen have taken advantage of developing players, swooping in early before they become irrelevant again, normally after a long goal drought. This is probably the reason why Raheem Sterling is playing for Manchester City, wearing the number 7 shirt and earning £180,000 – a week.
Harry Kane is a proficient centre forward for club and country, nothing more nothing less. Now that his goal drought is over the hurry Kane can strike again, and continue to delight us with his goals and assists. Great players don’t become great after one season, they do so over the course of an entire career, so let’s give Kane the opportunity to flourish in his own time, without the pressure of false transfer rumours and feature interviews.
Despite everything I have just said, Kane’s hypothetical legendary status does excite me, and if he scores a wonder goal at the European Championships I will declare him as the next Michael Owen and lobby for him to appear in as many TV commercials as possible.