Harry Kane: Tottenham’s Talisman
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 10, 2016
Not so long ago, Tottenham Hotspur had a strike force to be reckoned with. The likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane hitting there prime, followed by dynamic displays by Jermaine Defoe; You couldn’t really complain about the abundance of quality regarding our front line. A few years later, their was a certain striker which didn’t catch much attention around White Hart Lane, after many different loan spells in the outskirts of lower league football crying out for regular first team action, he waited for his opportunity, and boy didn’t he capitalize on it. As some may say ‘He’s one of our own.’
The 23-year-old from Chingford has Spurs flowing through his veins, with the work ethic he displays week in week out for us fans just shows how much pride he has representing the club. Many Spurs supporters would be optimistic concerning his future at Tottenham with the flurry of attacking options we had equipped in our squad. Disappointing loans spells to clubs like Leyton Orient and Millwall left fans skeptical if he would ever emerge into our first team and if he was ever capable of delivering in the top flight of English football.
With the arrival of highly rated Spanish striker Roberto Soldado it looked all but over for Kane’s future at Spurs, the hefty price tag we reluctantly paid for the Spaniard indicated the coaching staff didn’t have much trust in Harry to lead our front line anytime soon. As expectations were definitely not reached with the ’20 goal a season’ striker we supposedly bought, a prolific goalscorer was needed for any chance of Spurs reaching a precious top four place.
Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas’ position was in jeopardy after a rather embarrassing spell at London Rivals Chelsea as he looked to gain his reputation back by implementing his philosophy at Spurs and when you only had a striker who could score from the spot (Soldado), you were always going to be in trouble. In October 2014, everything changed. Tottenham played a rather unknown Asteras side in the Europa League where the Englishman bagged a hat trick as he helped a triumphant Spurs team to victory, as he also contributed in a rather comical role as keeper when French international Hugo Lloris was shown red.
You could tell he loved the club and quickly became a fan favorite among us, emerging from the academy from an extremely young age you could see the connection between him and the fans instantly. As speculation was on going about Soldado’s starting role at the club as he disastrously failed to hit the heights many fans expected him to, the question marks were surrounding Harry Kane, and if he was a realistic candidate to start up front. Years later he is claimed to be one of the best; if not the best, striker in the Barclays Premier League.
Can he replicate last seasons form?
After a rather surprising breakthrough year two seasons ago scoring a total of 31 goals in the 2014/2015 campaign, many rival fans and the media was inevitably going to put huge amounts of pressure on a young, English talent. Heading into last season many dubbed him as a ‘one season wonder’ doubting his talent and confidence after a small goal drought at the start of the season. All the white side of North London had faith in him to deliver the goods like Harry Kane does, with an emphatic hat-trick at the Vitaltiy Stadium against Bournemouth, the striker silenced the critics as he looked to kick-start his campaign. As the season came to an end Kane picked up the Golden boot bagging 25 goals in the Premier League, one more than runner up Sergio Aguero.
Being labelled as a ‘scapegoat’ from fellow Tottenham manager Pochettino, as angry England fans were frustrated he couldn’t mirror last years form into the European Championships for his home nation after a rather poor display from the whole squad. Kane’s play style is very unpredictable, he approaches each game with the right mentality and eagerness to perform in front of thousands of fans. He isn’t no Vardy who will get in behind every game or an Andy Carroll who substantially relies on headers, he can vary his game depending on the opposition, which is why defenders have a horrid time facing a player like Harry Kane as their unaware of how he’ll approach each game.
Regarding this season which is fast approaching, I fully expect Kane to contribute towards many of our goals next season and fight for a top four finish once again, it will be difficult for him to so better then last years numbers but I wouldn’t be reluctant to stick a bet on him regaining the golden boot in nine months time.
What he brings to the team.
The elements to Kane’s game that differentiates him to any other striker around Europe is his desire and hunger, only regular viewers of Tottenham can support me that he offers much more then just goals to this very promising Spurs side. He compliments Pochettino’s high press extremely well with his willingness to run his socks off every week for the team, to regain possession high up the pitch.
Another aspect of his game that people don’t recognize is his exquisite passing and awareness which adds a whole new dimension to our game, the amount of times I see him bring it down on his chest and spot the run of an overlapping Kyle Walker and play the cross field pass to perfection (when he has his back to goal), you would think he’s been developed as a play maker throughout his career which is a real rarity in a striker. As we all know his lethal finishing and strength he posses so I won’t elaborate much on that.
But don’t get me wrong he isn’t perfect, when sometimes he may take the shot from distance when there’s a clear opening to slot someone through on goal but at the end of the day he’s a striker, you have to be greedy sometimes. People forget he’s just turned 23-years-old and has plenty of time to learn and develop his game.
Is he considered ‘world-class’?
In my opinion, the term ‘word-class’ gets thrown around too much. I reckon a world-class player is a player who doesn’t just offer consistent man of the match performances on the pitch but is an image across the footballing industry, like Paul Pogba for example.
Hold your horses, I don’t think Pogba is world-class but his image is seen like an icon to upcoming footballers and is almost used as a brand. With Kane not being the most electrifying player doing rabona crosses and screaming like a girl when getting nudged in the back for example, he is just an extremely talented footballer who gets the job done and will guarantee your club at least 20 goals a season which some managers would die for. Alan Shearer shared on Twitter he values Kane at around £90m in this current transfer market, which means he must be doing something right?
As I begin to wrap up this piece regarding Harry Kane’s value in this modern generation, I believe the lad has potential to be world-class, will constantly improve and relish being coached by a manager in Pochettino. He will certainly turn out to be quite some special player, but remember Real Madrid… ‘He’s one of our own’.