I’ve got to be honest, I thought he was a flash in the pan, but in the last two years, Harry Kane has proved me completely and utterly wrong.
I remember watching the Tottenham striker in the Europa League a few years ago. It was the only competition that he was able to get in the team for, and even then, it was only to far flung locations like Estonia.
He looked decent, if a little “journeyman”, and I was convinced that he was another Tottenham youth prospect who’d never quite make the grade.
Another prospect farmed out on loan who’d eventually ply his trade in the Championship, or maybe even League One.
(Just look at Jamie O’Hara for the kind of player I’m referring to).
I was wrong. Totally and completely wrong.
Turns out that Harry Kane is going to be one of the very best English strikers ever.
In just 93 starts for Tottenham, Kane has scored 66 goals.
Harry Kane is now the outright leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 18 goals.
Not bad for a one-season wonder… 🙄 pic.twitter.com/C7ly2SpMXO
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 5, 2017
I don’t think you need to me to tell you that that’s a phenomenal return.
Even some of the best strikers have failed to land 1 in 2, which tells you a little bit about how good Kane is.
A brace on Sunday secured all three points for Spurs again, and it’s fair to say that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are one of Chelsea’s only rivals for the title (although it’s probably beyond them too).
If you cast your mind back to September though, things weren’t quite so good at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham couldn’t score goals, apart from from the penalty spot, and the result was that they were drawing games they would usually expect to win.
In reality, that’s what ruined their genuine chances of being in the title race with Chelsea.
But what changed? Well, Harry Kane, of course.
Kane was injured for vast swathes of that period, and without a striker who could slot in and replace what Spurs lacked without him, Tottenham were a very different side.
⚽️ 2014-15: 31 Goals
⚽️ 2015-16: 28 Goals
⚽️ 2016-17: 24 Goals so far…
“One season wonder” 😎🔥 pic.twitter.com/0xsDU9VHuw
— SPORF (@Sporf) March 5, 2017
Whilst Spurs are not a one man team, it would be fair to say that, at present, their most valuable asset by far is Harry Kane.
Dele Alli is great, and so’s Christian Eriksen.
Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are exceptional wingbacks.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are fantastic defenders.
Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele are incredible midfielders.
But without Harry Kane, Tottenham would be nowhere near where they are right now. We saw it in September.
Whatever happens for the rest of the season, however Spurs fare, their priority now must be to secure Kane’s services for the rest of his career, whatever the price.
Failure to do so will cost them a lot more.