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In previous seasons, he’s been used by Tottenham as somewhat of an impact player in the final minutes of the game or a starter in the Europa League when rotation was a necessity to improve their chances in the Premier League, but with the failure of recruitment from the upper echelons of the Tottenham hierarchy Harry Kane has now stepped up to the level that the fans at White Hart Lane have screamed desperately for after a rollercoaster of a season so far.
The 21 year old has shown how his unorthodox style of play can split defences at the most important time in games – the direct nature of his play, but still having superb technical ability throws off Premier League defenders every time and with the likes of Christian Erikson behind Harry Kane pulling the strings and always threading through the perfect pass, scoring and creating space is a perfect combination when both are performing well.
With 20 goals in all competitions this season, this is a testament to how well he developed under the right system that benefits his playing style, and most importantly, with 10 incredibly important goals in the Premier League, shows how integral he is becoming to the side at this stage at the season, with a respectable ratio of a goal every other game on average.
However, stats and statistics don’t do Harry Kane’s performances justice. His rise to first team football hasn’t just been because he can score the goals for Tottenham, but his outstanding enthusiasm for the team and ability to read the game so well for a forward is what sees him starting ahead of the likes of £28m man Roberto Soldado. It’s also because he’s willing to fight for the team, not just the narcissistic tenancies that surround the persona a goal scorer would usually have, and that is something you usually can’t buy on the transfer market.
The real coup of Harry Kane’s run in the first team is that it shows how powerful a youth academy can be when it seems like a disaster is looming and how vital these players can be with values and affection to the team that brought them into the footballing world from an early age.
It seems that value has been seen perfectly by the Tottenham boardroom with his new 5 year contract being signed recently. Let’s hope there is more impressive footballing displays to come.
Written by James Clark
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