Tuesday, April 24, 2018

So much for Harry Kane being a one-season wonder eh!

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 19 May 2017


Tottenham striker Harry Kane is now the favourite to win the Golden Boot after scoring four times in a 6-1 win at Leicester

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane scored four times as his team won 6-1 at former champions Leicester City on Thursday night.

This season will be the third consecutive Premier League campaign in which he has broken the 20-goal barrier. Not bad for a lad who many labelled a ‘one season wonder’.

His four goals at Leicester mean that the 23-year-old is now the frontrunner for the Golden Boot this season in the top-flight at odds of 1/16, ahead of the likes of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Doubts about his ability

I remember when Harry Kane first broke into the Tottenham team. In his breakthrough campaign he didn’t even start the season in the starting line-up but worked his way in and the team from north London had a new hero.

The England international scored 21 goals in his breakthrough campaign. The season after Kane made a slow start to the campaign and some were questioning his ability.

I remember writing an article stating how the striker would return to scoring goals and would be prolific once again that season. He was still working hard and doing everything but score.

I got slaughtered by some of the readers, especially on Facebook, as some stated that Kane had enjoyed a lucky season or had enjoyed the season of his life.

Harry Kane is a special player

The Tottenham striker is a special player, though. Even at a relatively early age, he seemed to have a natural football intelligence, which is something that cannot be taught. He was clever with his movement and knew how to be in the right place at the right time.

He is not that quick, not over the ground anyway, but it is his quickness of thought that has helped him become one of the most prolific strikers in recent Premier League history.

Even in his breakthrough campaign, Kane seemed to have an air of confidence about him. He was never scared to receive the ball or take responsibility. That is why I was sure that the goals would return for the striker and boy have they returned.

Kane scored 25 Premier League goals last season to win the Golden Boot award. His current goal tally of 26 Premier League goals is the best of his career. That tally of goals is impressive considering they have come in just 29 top-flight appearances for the Spurs this season.

The striker is a goal machine. When Kane is on a run of scoring goals he is hard to stop. The England international is one of the best out-and-out strikers in the European game.

People may have criticised Kane’s performances at last year’s European Championships. However, the striker had played constant football since breaking through into the first team. He had played for England under-21’s as well as the senior side at international tournaments.

This summer will be the first in three years that he will not be playing some sort of international tournament.

England should be building their team around Kane

Harry Kane is for me the most natural goalscorer England have had since Alan Shearer. Some may say that Wayne Rooney is a natural goalscorer. However, for me in terms of just finishing Kane is better than the Manchester United captain.

Kane’s intelligence on the ball and his movement is very rare for an English player. He has not pulled up any trees for the Three Lions. However, he is still young and fatigue no doubt hindered his Euro 2016 campaign.

England should be building a team around Kane. He has become such a vital player for both club and country.  The sheer number of goals he has scored at club level would probably have him in any national side throughout Europe.

To be honest the striker has not done badly for a ‘one season wonder’. You never know one day he might actually become a striker who scores 20 goals a season a regular basis, oh wait….

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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