Before English football fans from far and wide ever got to witness Harry Kane’s superb reliability in front of goal for Tottenham, most would have certainly been forgiven if they had barely even heard of the young England striker at this time last year.
The 22-year-old’s emergence within the English top-flight essentially proved that young, untested players could in-fact make a meaningful difference within their team – just as long as their respective manager continued to show enough faith in their talents throughout the course of the season.
Now then, after a tremendous 2014/15 campaign for the towering Tottenham centre-forward, Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly indicated that the latest striking sensation down at White Hart Lane is simply going nowhere this summer, despite the intense interest from elsewhere.
So, in light of the club’s clear admiration for their young front-man ahead of the new Premier League campaign, will Harry Kane ultimately prove more than a mere one hit wonder and shine once again next season?
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Well, if his form for Spurs last term is to offer something to go by, the White Hart Lane faithful certainly have reason to be excited over the newly capped England international ahead of 2015/16.
It’s not often that Tottenham Hotspur manage to produce young, upcoming talents from within their own club academy after all. The 22-year-old’s successful introduction within the English top-flight was certainly a gamble that paid off for the Spurs hierarchy with all things considered – and whilst the sensation surrounding young players at Tottenham may now be increased in light of Kane’s recent emergence – his was a rise that few north Londoners likely expected to witness so rapidly.
Nevertheless, Harry Kane definitely deserves praise on an individual level for last season’s achievements. The up and coming England international displayed a level of confidence that young, home-grown players rarely find with great success these days.
When it comes to beating the keeper in one-on-one situations, controlling the ball calmly from the air in order to mount an attack, or simply testing the opposition’s back-line in and around the penalty box with his hunger to score – Harry Kane has shown himself to be the perfect fit for the Premier League. He seemed to excel more and more as the season went on, even if the tail-end of the 2014/15 campaign did admittedly turn out a bit flat for the striker.
However, although last season proved a profitable one for the highly valued Tottenham star, his is a case that nonetheless carries with it a degree of questionability in the cold light of day. Yes, Harry Kane took the league by surprise last term thanks to his prowess in front of goal – but will the lofty Englishman be able to transfer his form into 2015/16? It so far remains to be decided…
We have an unwanted reputation in this country for somewhat over-hyping our young talent before they have truly made the grade. Kane would likely go for an incredible amount if Tottenham somehow decided to let him leave White Hart Lane this summer, which simply doesn’t ring true for a player who has only really had one good season in the Premier League.
Several of Kane’s goals recorded throughout 2014/15 were also scored in the Europa League for Tottenham – a competition that nevertheless has the ability to make certain strikers out there look a great deal better than they really are. Such an analysis makes sense from a statistical point of view at least.
The widely admired target-man looks like he’ll be a good striker in years to come – there’s not too much doubt surrounding that particular notion. However, as the highly rated Tottenham star isn’t exactly the most technically gifted striker the Premier League has ever seen by a long shot, maybe the real work has only just begun for the 22-year-old this season.
No, even if Spurs do manage to bring in some extra fire-power to aid their striking department throughout the course of this term, 2015/16 will likely prove a tougher quest for Harry Kane than anything he has previously experienced before. The difficult second season has often eluded many young hot-shot players plying their trade in the English top flight in the past.
So then, whilst 2014/15 certainly proved a campaign to remember for the young England striker, this season ultimately won’t be so easy without that all important surprise factor on board for Tottenham. If Harry Kane nonetheless proves any doubters wrong this term, then the real praise will rightfully start to flood in for the goal-scoring White Hart Lane favourite.