Harry Kane – Tottenham’s Hurricane
England’s new raising star, Harry Kane, is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in Premier League. Tottenham’s 21 years old striker is Premier League’s forth topscorer with 14 goals in 22 appearances, behind Diego Costa (17), Sergio Aguero (17) and Charlie Austin (14). Harry Kane is a complete striker, strong and hardworking, being able to score both from distance and from close range.
Kane is a product of Tottenham’s youth system. The 21 years old English striker is one hell of an exception in a team that massively invested in signing top players in the last years. With the unsettled Roberto Soldado (1 goal) and Emmaunel Adebayor (only 2 goals this season), Harry Kane is the only viable solution for Pochettino’s attack, and the young Englishman is becoming better and better with every game. Kane’s sensational form certainly increased his market value from € 3 million in August 2014 to € 15 million in February 2015.
But who is Pochettino’s star? Harry Kane started playing football for the Ridgeway Rovers, the same youth team that launched David Beckham and Andros Townsend. What is more interesting is the fact that Kane left Ridgeway after only half of the season to sign with Arsenal. The 8 years old Harry did not convince Tottenham’s rival and after another 6 months Kane was back to Ridgeway Rovers for which he played another 2 years. At the age of 11, Kane joined Watford’s youth academy but after only two months he was snapped by Spurs.
Harry Kane’s adventure for senior squads started with a loan to Leyton Orient from January 2011 until May 2011, scoring 5 goals in 18 appearances in League One. The young central forward played 7 games for Tottenham in Europa League in 2011. His debut for Spurs marked his first chance to score, missing a penalty kick. Kane’s first goal for Tottenham was against Shamrock Rovers on 15 December 2011. Harry Kane agreed to join Millwall on 6 months loan. The versatile striker became one of Millwall fans favorites scoring 7 goals in 22 Championship appearances and another 2 goals in FA Cup. As a result, Kane was declared Millwall’s Young Player of the Season 2011–12. Tottenham’s cold blooded striker debuted for Spurs in Premier League in August 2012 against Newcastle. The English central forward joined Norwich for a 1 season long loan on 31 August 2012, but after only 3 matches he got a long term injury and Spurs decided to recall him. He was then loaned for the second part of the season to Leicester City in Championship, for which Harry Kane scored 2 goals in 13 appearances. Harry Kane did not get much football during Villas Boas’ reign, but when Sherwood gave him a lot more opportunities. Sherwood gave Kane the opportunity to play regular soccer and hone his abilities against Stoke, WBA, Sunderland, Fulham, West Ham and Aston Villa. The young striker reward Sherwood’s confidence with 3 goals and 2 assists. Mauricio Pochettino was the man that turned the 21 years old striker into a complete and ruthless striker that amazed Premier League with some amazing performances against Chelsea and Arsenal. Pochettino did not give him much credit in the first 9 Premier League games, despite the fact Kane provided the crucial assist for the winning goal against West Ham in the opening day of EPL. The late goal against Aston Villa was the moment that triggered Harry Kane’s explosion. The 21 years old striker became instrumental for Tottenham scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
The 21 years old Harry Kane quickly become of Premier League’s stars and a key player for Tottenham. With some very good performances in Europa League (5 goals in the Group Stage), Kane was able to pave his way for first 11 in EPL. The young striker certainly did not let down Pochettino’s expectations and amazed everyone with his goals against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.