Harry Kane further pressed his claims for a place in the Tottenham Hotspur first team with a hat trick against San Marino U21s on Thursday in the European Championships Qualifier.

Tottenham have fallen short with goals from their strikers hard to come by this season.

Both Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado have managed to conjure up a mere two goals between them from seven league games.

Meanwhile Kane is sitting on the bench.

He took out his frustrations on San Marino - the international punching bag - and if Andre Villas Boas was on any form of social media, he would have witnessed quite a large amount of support for the young striker.

Tottenham next face Aston Villa and many have called for him to have his first starting place in that game.

Kane has seen a lowly nine minutes of league action this season, albeit he did start against Aston Villa in last month's Capital One Cup tie.

What could Harry Kane bring to a Tottenham side of such strength?

He stands at 6'2, which means he could easy offer a powerful presence on the Spurs front line.

Kane has admirers, as all players do, including former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp who stated that he had a desire to take Kane on loan to QPR.

"I was going to take Harry on the deadline. I was going to take him that night when AJ (Andrew Johnson) looked like he was going to Palace.Now, I don’t know. Harry’s probably the third choice at Spurs now. Whether they’ll still loan him, I don’t know. They might do." Redknapp told reporters.

With Emmanuel Adebayor down the pecking order at Tottenham, being ordered to train with the reserves. Redknapp's statement is accurate enough to say that he is indeed the third choice striker.

The problem with Kane's case however, is that Andre Villas Boas is swamped by top class midfielders and his preferred system is to field a lone striker, be it Defoe or Soldado, who have support from running midfielders.

Soldado will more than likely remain the first choice striker despite his struggles to find the net in the early matches of the season. New signings are always bound for improvement, as shown with other teams.

Defoe is in firm position to be the back up striker, which leaves Kane on the fringes.

However, netting three goals against San Marino, who are 207th in FIFA's World Rankings are not a full gauge of a younger's ability.

At some point, it is only fair that a young player be given a chance to show they're worth the Premier League, but Harry Kane has not set the world on fire with his loan spells at Leyton Orient (five goals/18 games), Milwall (10 goals/27 games), Norwich (0 goals/five games) and Leicester City (two goals/15 games).

As the way things stand at Tottenham now, Harry Kane may have certainly bagged a hattrick for the U21s against San Marino, but there is a large gap between that and the class required to play in the Premier League, which may result in continued frustration. 

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