Think of the best English strikers of the last 30 years.
Quite a list, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Well, there’s a new name to add to that list. Harry Kane, the winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the second year running.
There is always the risk that there will be an undue fuss made of an English striker.
You can easily see why it happens – the English media get hold of the brand new shining light and write serious amounts of column inches – but all too often, the player doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
Kane is not that player.
This season, Kane scored 29 goals in just 30 games; he missed a quarter of the season through injury.
Despite being sidelined for those games, he scored comfortably more than Romelu Lukaku in second-place, and was a key figure in Tottenham’s highest-ever points total and highest-ever Premier League finish.
He is the only player to have been in the top three goal-scorers in each of the last three seasons.
Premier League goals in 2016-17:
Harry Kane 29
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 21, 2017
He has scored more hat-tricks in the Premier League than Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Alexis Sanchez, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, despite having played fewer Premier League games than all of those players.
And here’s the thing: the lad’s only 23, and he’s already in the top 50 all-time Premier League goal-scorers, the youngest in that list by a country mile.
Chelsea were the best team this year – that’s why they won the division – but the reality is that Harry Kane has been the best player.
Kane is – along with Eden Hazard – one of the most precious and valuable assets in the whole of England football.
Harry Kane now has more Premier League hat-tricks than Ronaldo, Bergkamp, Zola, Costa & Cantona put together.
He’s still 23. 😯 pic.twitter.com/rJtsEGZ8iu
— bet365 (@bet365) May 21, 2017
The question is: how much longer can Tottenham keep hold of him?
At present, Kane appears happy at Spurs, and why shouldn’t he be?
He’s got a manager who believes in him, adoring fans and a fantastic group of high-quality teammates. His side came very close to the Premier League title, and can only improve.
If the players stay.
And that’s the big ‘if’.
Right now, Spurs have some of the most prized assets in Europe, Kane the crown jewel in their treasury. If they’re serious about finally dining at the top table, about truly going toe-to-toe with the best teams in Europe, then Kane must stay.
Alli must stay. Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier must stay.
Wanyama and Dembele must stay.
Make no mistake, all of these players will have suitors over the next few months, and Spurs must resist the opportunity to cash in, or they will face the consequences.
Harry Kane will be one of the most desired, and it’s no surprise: he is – as the Spurs fans sing – one of their own, and one of a kind.
Harry Kane in the Premier League 2016/17:
65.2% shot accuracy
31.5% conversion rate
World class striker. pic.twitter.com/dDAX2Dkcb6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 21, 2017