By Kyle Basedow
On Friday March 27th, Harry Kane was subbed onto the field, replacing Wayne Rooney, the best English forward in years. Big shoes to fill, right?
Well just 79 seconds after getting subbed on to his first international game, Kane, a 21-year-old, scored his first goal for the England national team, making his goal the third fastest scored in a debut with the team.
To those of us who have been watching the Barclays Premier League this season, this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. As of April 26th, Kane, who plays for the Tottenham Hotspurs, has 20 goals and four assists in the BPL in only 30 appearances meaning he almost averages a point per game.
Now that tally in any league is impressive and by comparison, Neymar Jr. only has 19 goals and five assists in La Liga this year, a league that is considered by many to be less competitive than the BPL.
I don’t mean to say that Kane is better than Neymar, because Neymar is by far the better player, but Kane came out of nowhere to dominate the league. Prior to this season, Kane only had 17 goals over the course of four seasons while bouncing around the Premier League, League One, and the Championship.
A Little Bit of Career History…
For the 2009-2010 season, Kane only made the bench for twice for Tottenham, once for an FA Cup game and then once for a league cup match. He was then loaned out the following year to Leyton Orient, a team who was in the third division of English soccer at the time. He only completed 90 minutes once, tallying just five goals and zero assists in 18 appearances.
The following year saw him make his debut with Tottenham in a Europa League match before he was sent out on loan to Millwall in the January transfer window.Embed from Getty Images
He made his Premier League debut in the 2012-2013 season and after a subpar performance while on loan with Norwich City, he was sent down to Leicester City for the remainder of the season.
It was at this at this point that Tottenham started to doubt his future at the club but the manager at the time, Tim Sherwood, wanted him to remain with the team. Kane even managed to score three time in three games at the end of the 2013-2014 BPL season, seeing to find his footing at the club.
After Sherwood was let go, his future under Mauricio Pochettino was uncertain but after scoring a hat-trick in a Europa League match, Kane was given a chance to play in a BPL game against Aston Villa in early November and scored the game winning goal, marking the start of his incredible run of form.
“It’s Gotta be Kane!”
Sorry to make the cliché reference to WWE but moving forward, Tottenham has to go with Harry Kane. His form in since November has been that of a man possessed, almost single-handedly pushing Tottenham into a Europa League place.
Kane has 15 goals since the New Year, the best in the league during that time. This was enough to win him the Professional Footballers’’ Association Young Player of the Year Award, an award given to the best young player in the BPL. Even move impressive, he finished second in the PFA Player of the Year award, the award for the best player in the entirety of the BPL as chosen by his fellow players.Embed from Getty Images
Kane is a remarkable young talent and deserves to be rewarded for his show of skill and strength throughout the season. If Tottenham somehow manage to screw up negotiating a contract with him, Kane should and most likely will move elsewhere.
Personally, in an ideal world, I would like to see Kane stay with Tottenham, if only out of loyalty to the club. The last great player to stay with the same club that brought him up was Steven Gerrard of Liverpool, one of the best English midfielder ever. I’d like to see Kane turn away more money just to stay at Tottenham but realistically; it is nearly impossible in this day in age.
Regardless, Kane is the hottest player in the BPL and will almost certainly factor in the English national team going forward but with this season about to be over, all we can do is continue to watch and be amazed.
All stats and info from ESPNFC.com unless otherwise stated