Tottenham could have made the biggest and most important signing of transfer deadline day when they announced that star striker Harry Kane had signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the north London club.
The new deal will see the 21-year old remain at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2020.
Kane is currently the leading scorer in all competitions with 20 goals to his name so far, edging him ahead of the likes of Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero. The Tottenham academy graduate looks to have the world at his feet after a string of impressive performances for Spurs.
He possesses many qualities that are making him a handful for some of the best defenders in the world. For such a tall centre-forward Kane is very skilful and can play with both feet. Added to that his strength in the air, his pace and his great physique there do not appear to be too many weaknesses in his game.
His two goals in Tottenham’s 3-0 victory at West Brom at the weekend were also highly impressive. His first goal showed his powerful shooting from the edge of the area and the second, an expertly taken penalty, showed his coolness under pressure alongside a huge amount of confidence for one so young.
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Match of the Day host Gary Lineker likened the centre-forward to fellow pundit Alan Shearer during Saturday’s live show, which is high praise indeed.
As with all young players though we must be cautious and hope that he continues to develop in the future but I must confess to being excited by the prospect of watching him for years to come in both a Tottenham and England shirt.
I am sure that England manager Roy Hodgson will be keen to get the youngster involved with the full England squad sooner rather than later and I expect him to be named in the squad for the friendlies against Lithuania on 27 March and Italy on 31 March.
For an area of the pitch often highlighted as a weakness for England there is now the possibility of real competition for places with the likes of Wayne Rooney and the returning Daniel Sturridge vying for starting places with Kane. What better time to blood a youngster like Kane in international football.
He has already had a taste of international football with the England under-21s and has shown an eye for goal at that level with eight goals in just ten appearances.
Tottenham have done the right thing by committing the youngster to their club as in today’s market a player of his potential could cost a small fortune to buy and, if Tottenham are at any point forced to sell, they could receive a large fee for him if he continues his current form.
Let’s hope this is the start of a very successful career for the Walthamstow-born striker.