With Wayne Rooney’s phenomenal England career nearing an end, and the days of Michael Owen and Alan Shearer long-gone, there is one man who has everything it takes to step into the history books alongside those top England strikers.
The evolution of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the past two years has been quite extraordinary and, at only 23 years-old, the sky is the limit for the Tottenham Hotspur number 10.
It wasn’t until the 2014/15 Premier League campaign that Kane really hit the heights, after loan spells at Leyton Orient in 2011, Millwall in 2012, Norwich in 2012/13 and Leicester City in 2013.
Harry Kane finished the 2014/15 season as the second top goalscorer behind Sergio Aguero, with 21 goals. The question marks were inevitably thrown over Kane’s head as to whether he was going to be another ‘one-season wonder’, but those question marks were soon put to bed.
Despite a poor start to the 2015/16 season, Kane finished Premier League top goalscorer with 25 goals. This season he has taken his game to the next level, further establishing himself as arguably the best forward in the English top flight.
Kane hit 20+ goals for the third successive season. Despite missing a month through injury in March, the England front-man finished second in the top scorers, with 22.
In today’s market Harry Kane would be easily priced at £50 million plus, after inspiring Spurs to back-to-back top four finishes in the league.
With homegrown players so out of favour these days, and what seems like a growing necessity to pay the big bucks for players from abroad, it is fantastic to see a player come through the ranks at a top club in Tottenham, and succeed in the way he has done.
Hailed as ‘one of our own’ by Spurs fans every week, Kane should be a model for other top clubs, such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool. Tottenham’s youth system is up there with the best in the country, as we have seen with not only Kane, but Josh Onomah and Harry Winks more recently too.
As well as the breakthrough of Kane, Manchester United have been blessed by the rise of Marcus Rashford. These are, without a doubt, two of the most exciting English prospects in recent times. It just goes to show that the footballing nation that is England, the pool of footballing talent that is England, should not be overlooked and ignored.
Nowadays players are often loaned out from clubs and not heard of again, but Kane is the perfect example to all young players out there. He’s a striker that has stepped down the leagues, improved his game through regular football, aided by the physical demands of the football league, and blossomed as a result into a first class Premier League forward.
Tammy Abraham of Chelsea is a similar example. He has had an exceptional season with Bristol City in the Championship and it would be brilliant to see a player like the 19-year-old come back and get minutes at a club like Chelsea.
The talent in terms of strikers from abroad is obviously superb, but the growth of Kane has been a pleasure to watch and it would be great for the game to see other top clubs follow in the footsteps of Tottenham.
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