Harry Kane is the man of the moment. His hat-trick against Leicester City has made him the Premier League’s joint top goal scorer and England caps look on their way following an inevitable call up to the national team.
Kane has dipped in and out of the Tottenham squad since making his senior debut in 2011, which was a Europa League qualification round against Hearts. But it is this current season which has made him a household name.
It all started when Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino named him as a substitute for their opening fixture against West Ham and Kane came on to provide an assist for Eric Dier. Slowly momentum built and Kane consistently put in solid performances, but it was from November when the young forward really came into his own. He has now scored 19 Premier League goala, seemingly coming out of nowhere to challenge the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa for this season’s top Premier League scorer award.
Naturally England supporters can’t wait to see what he produces at international level, believing that we might finally have a world class Englishman to lead us to glory. Though the jaded amongst us who have seen many an English talent light up the league only then to flop when playing for country instead of club are not ready to hold our collective breath just yet.
Too much too soon can overwhelm a player. Not to mention the fact that this brilliant season of Kane’s has yet to be replicated. It stands alone. Last season he scored only three league goals and while you could argue that he didn’t get enough of a run of games to be able to showcase and develop his talent, you could argue that a great player only earns that accolade when, year after year, they reliably produce. Kane is not great, yet.
Still, he is an exciting prospect. But how long can Tottenham hold onto him?
Kane signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with Spurs back in February and, while he comes across as a mild-mannered and down to earth young man, I wonder whether his personality will change when both his club and country are forming teams around him.
At 21, Kane has shown great skill and discipline and I hope he sticks with Tottenham for at least a few more seasons. A footballer’s career is so short that it is understandable that they would find the call of a Real Madrid, Barcelona, etc an enticing and simply tempting prospect. And they should go if that is their desire. But first they should focus on gaining consistency and a deeper understanding of the game before running off to a club that expects you to be the finished product, not a developing one.
With eight games left it seems unlikely that Tottenham will be playing Champions League football next season. For an emerging talent like Harry Kane that is a shame. But if he can focus on his game and keep improving himself further then surely within the next few years even if Spurs don’t get him there then a big money team will be waiting in the wings ready to snap him up.
But only if he can replicate what has been an unforgettable year.