For much of the season critics of Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane have labelled the striker ‘a one-season wonder’.
The accusation was an understandable one considering his strike-rate of one goal in his first 13 games this season.
Kane did score twice for England on international duty, but it is at club level that his scoring record will be judged.
Last weekend saw Kane ended his barren spell in style, as the striker scored a hat-trick in Spurs 5-1 win at Bournemouth. The hat-trick must have been a relief to the player himself and Tottenham fans who themselves must have been questioning the form of their star striker, despite the player stating otherwise.
The 22-year-old has a golden opportunity to add to his tally on Monday night, as Spurs welcome bottom of the table Aston Villa to White Hart Lane. There will now be few betting against him finding the net
As we all know Harry Kane burst onto the Premier League scene last season, scoring 21 Premier League goals and 31 goals in all competition in his breakthrough season at Spurs.
However, Kane did not start playing on a regular basis for Spurs last season until November, so you could say he is already ahead of last season, although he went into the last campaign as a little known striker and he headed into this season as one of the most highly-rated strikers in the league.
It’s difficult to remember sometimes that Harry Kane is just 22-years-of-age because of his success last season. Kane comes across as a confident guy and I doubt that he ever questioned his own ability.
However confidence is a major factor for even the best strikers. A barren run in front of goal can subconsciously affect a striker’s confidence. Chances he would have scored last season were just not going in for the star.
Spurs fans have been relatively patience with the striker while he has gone through his lean spell in front of goal, because he is considered one of their own. Maybe they also had faith in the striker returning to form.
Unlike a lot of his young highly-rated contemporaries, Harry Kane was not given a rest during the summer as he played for England under-21’s at the European Championships.
The likes of Everton’s Ross Barkley and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling were not selected, but admirably Kane wanted to represent his country. His participation in the summer tournament may have had something to do with his slow start to the season.
I have to say I am not a Spurs supporter, but I am a huge fan of Harry Kane as a footballer. He is an intelligent footballer. Kane’s movement and vision are what makes him a very good player.
People saying he is nothing special should consider the fact that at 21-years-old in virtual his debut campaign Kane scored 21 league goals in one of Europe’s top leagues. How many 21-year-old’s have had that sort of impact in their first full campaign?
Harry Kane is vital to Spurs chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season and having a successful season. In truth Tottenham do not have that many players who can play effectively as a central striker.
The north London outfit brought in Clinton N’Jie from Lyon in the summer, but he is raw and has no Premier League experience. The Cameroon international is unlikely to be able to have the same impact on the team as Kane does.
Harry Kane could now be set to go on a goal scoring run like he did last season and prove his doubters wrong. That hat-trick at Bournemouth is likely to be a catalyst for more goals and no doubt he will be scoring chances he would have missed a few weeks ago.
The England striker has shown a maturity beyond his years at times in his interviews in the last year or so. It seems he was never worried about not scoring. Now he has broken his duck it seems his critics may well be eating humble pie pretty soon.
Can Harry Kane now hit top form for Tottenham?