Harry Kane’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday took his tally for the campaign to 22, more than any Tottenham player has managed in the Premier League since the competition’s inception in 1992.
Kane is enjoying yet another exceptional season at White Hart Lane, rubbishing the one-season wonder tag some had been naive enough to label him with after his barren spell of the campaign.
The 22-year-old has started every one of Spurs’ 32 Premier League fixtures, helping to fire the youngest side in the top flight into title contention while cementing his place in England’s starting-XI ahead of this summer’s European Championships in France, a tournament that could prove to be another marking point in his rise.
Kane is an archetype of the philosophy Mauricio Pochettino has strived to instil at the club since his arrival back in the summer of 2014, his tireless effort and endeavour makes his form in front of goal all the more astounding.
Kane and Pochettino appear to have met at the perfect time in both of their careers. Another more short term-focused manager may well have been prepared to sacrifice Kane in favour of a more experienced, proven goalscorer upon their arrival at White Hart Lane back in 2014, but the Argentine saw potential and is now reaping the rewards of putting faith in the former Leicester and Norwich City loanee.
Much like international teammate Wayne Rooney earlier in his career, Kane spares no effort in tracking back to stifle opposition attacks and boasts 22 successful tackles in the league this season, more than any other striker in the top flight bar Leicester City’s unflagging Jamie Vardy.
In just two full seasons of Premier League football, Kane has already matched the number of times Rooney has managed to score 20+ goals in a season and also sits level with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Didier Drogba, who have also managed the feat on two occasions.
“Harry’s one of the best. It’s maybe difficult to say he’s the best, but he’s one of the best,” Pochettino said following his striker’s achievement, and with a player as eager to improve and make the best of his seemingly limitless potential as Kane, more records could yet tumble.
Kane has previously spoken of targeting Alan Shearer’s record total of 260 Premier League goals, and he has given himself a solid platform to aim for the Newcastle legend’s imposing tally by notching 46 goals in his first 80 games.
Tottenham’s number 10 is in as good a place as any to threaten Shearer’s record. What we are seeing is not a flash in the pan or a rare purple patch, Kane is already a world class centre-forward and will soon be discussed in the same breath as the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While his mentality, connection to the club and affection for the fans alone make him a rare gem in the modern game, his technical ability is on a par with the majority of the world’s elite forwards, and you would be hard-pressed to single out a better-suited striker for Tottenham at this moment in time than Kane.
The importance of Kane’s goals, aswell as the frequency of them, is testament to his marked improvement. He is a big game player, as his goals in both north London derbies this season have shown, aswell as his exquisite equaliser in what was a game of some magnitude at Anfield on Sunday.
Tottenham’s decision not to recruit a striker in the January transfer window after missing out on Saido Berahino in the summer was questioned by a number of fans, but the Spurs hitman is thriving on the pressure that comes with being the only real option up front and as the pressure of the title race continues to increase on a weekly basis in N17, Harry Kane continues to flourish.
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