Prior to the start of the Premier League season few outside of Tottenham would have known much about young striker Harry Kane.
The youngster had hardly featured for Spurs’ first team and had endured a few unsuccessful loan spells in the lower divisions.
Yet in the last six months or so Kane has emerged as one of the brightest young players in English football.
That status was confirmed by the 21-year-old claiming the PFA Young Player of the Year award in a star-studded ceremony on Sunday night.
Kane clinched the award ahead of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who won the senior award and Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Both players have enjoyed good campaigns, but have not had quite had the same individual impact as Kane this season.
The award was a richly deserved one for the youngster who has almost single-handedly kept Spurs in the top six of the Premier League this season.
Kane is currently second top scorer in the Premier League with 20 top-flight goals this season, with only Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero ahead of him in the scoring charts. Kane is currently odds of 5/2 to win the golden boot. Not bad considering he is in his first full season as a Tottenham first teamer.
Kane has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season and has even collected seven assists in the Premier League. It seems his meteoric rise continues. The fact that Kane’s first top-flight goal did not come until November makes his achievements this season even more incredible.
His good form for Spurs led to a call-up to the England national team and he took just a few minutes to score his first ever international goal against Lithuania in March. The youngster is now seen as one of the players that England will build their future on.
Roy of the Rovers
Kane is almost like a Roy of the Rovers hero. He seemed to transform from unknown striker into a very good player in just a few months. His story could really not have been written any better. They do say real life is stranger than fiction.
A lot of English youngsters are overhyped and overrated, but the facts are there for all to see when it comes to Harry Kane. Other youngsters tend to go through dips in form. However, Kane has remained consistent through the period he has been in the Tottenham first team.
Any striker would be proud to be competing with the likes of Aguero and Chelsea’s Diego Costa for the Premier League golden boot, but to do it at 21 years old really is a major achievement.
The youngster seems to have most of the attributes to go on and become a world-class player of the future, which can only be good news for Spurs and England. The only thing he does lack slightly is pace, but he makes up for that with his intelligence and movement.
Kane seems like a levelled-headed guy who takes things in his stride, so hopefully his success this season will not affect his mental state for next season. Some youngsters tend to believe they have made it in the game because they have one good season and then disappear from the game.
Kane does not strike me as a ‘big time Charlie, or Harry’ if you will. He does seem grounded and I am sure he knows he will have to keep working hard so that he keeps improving in the future.
Maybe it is Harry Kane’s mental attributes that separates him from the youngsters who shined and then disappeared that will help him continue to progress and improve in future seasons.
Harry Kane has worked hard for his opportunity and when it came at Spurs he has grabbed it with both hands. The youngster’s 30 goals in all competitions are more than any other player from the English top-flight.
The youngster has been simply outstanding this season. I get the feeling that this season will not be a one-off for Harry Kane and his career will only go from strength to strength.
Can Harry Kane continue his development next season?