Harry Kane, the 22 years old star in the making has long been touted as England’s next ‘Big-Thing’. Caught behind the likes of Roberto Soldado and Jermaine Defoe during his time with Tottenham, he has flourished under Mauricio Ponchettino in the last 18 months.
At 6 foot 2, his height doesn’t hamper his movement, which this season has provided a veritable highlight reel of goals, with his tally sitting at 28 across all competitions, to go with last season’s 31. It is safe to say, Harry Kane has arrived.
Having spent his youth career with Arsenal, Ridgeway, Watford and then Tottenham, he has developed from a young age in the harshest of environments. Touted from such a young age as the next saviour of English football he had to bide his time with loan stints at Leyton Orient, Milwall, Norwich and Leicester City (Where he sat on the bench with Jamie Vardy!).
Recalled to the first team in the 2014 season, Kane played second fiddle to Soldado and Defoe in the Post-Gareth Bale era. Sold for $100 million, there were big expectations on the squad to perform, expectations which ultimately fell flat due to the poor performances of those brought in with the money made from the sale of Bale.
Then came Ponchettino, he cleaned house and made Kane his first choice striker, and Kane has repaid the faith.
Proficient with the ball at his feet, capable in the air and able to make devastating runs – he is the complete package of a striker. Proving that the hype surrounding him was justified, he is now on the same trajectory as Wayne Rooney, the question is, how far can he go?
How far can Harry Kane go from here?
Blessed with speed, touch, agility, passing and near-pin point accuracy, Kane has the world at his feet. Linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid over the past 18 to 24 months, Tottenham won’t let him go without a fight. Said to be offering him a mammoth $100,000 pound per week contract to ward off suitor’s and build on their impressive season.
Looking at the possibility of ending two successive seasons with 30+ goals across all competitions, Kane will no doubt look for a repeat dose next season to propel the Spurs to the title next time around.
He not only carries a lot of the hope for Tottenham’s title hopes, but also England’s Euro 2016 hopes. Although, this campaign will see him surrounded by a hoard of other players in such a rich vein of form, just as he is.
A world beating, goal poacher with the world at his feet. How far can he go? Only time will tell, but, without a shadow of a doubt, he is the next in the long line of talented English strikers who will bear a heavy burden for success.