With Daniel Sturridge enduring a tough time with injuries, England now has to look elsewhere for a partner for skipper Wayne Rooney.
Manager Roy Hodgson may have a couple of options but at the moment all eyes are on Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker this season, Harry Kane. The former Arsenal youth player has had a wonderful campaign under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, scoring 30 goals in all competitions so far and also capturing the PFA Young Player of the Year.
The search pays off
With Pochettino searching for goals upfront he gambled on the 21-year-old, who answered his manager’s call and deliver the good almost every week. It has been a great break-out season for Kane, who also scored on his England debut against Lithuania after replacing Rooney at Wembley.
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With the season almost over, there are many questions surrounding the 6ft 2in striker’s next move this summer. There is a suggestion that he will feature at the U21 Euro championship.
At the age of 21 years old, Kane is still very much raw, naive and of course a work in progress. He has great ability on the ball, good physical presence and he likes to run the channels. He holds the ball up well, gets his midfielders involved and has the ability to play in tight spaces in and around the penalty area.
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Despite his success though, and great run of form this season, the Spurs product is still very much learning his trade and needs more time to hone his craft. With that said, he will be a marked man next term because the opposition knows he is a threat and will do all they can to nullify his potency.
The expectations are high and that means there will be a lot of pressure on the 21-year-old which can affect his game. After a breakout season further progress is expected and one way to try take his game to the next level next season is to get a full pre-season under his belt.
Therefore Kane should get a good rest at the end of this season then report to pre-season camp in June. Should he compete at the U21 Championships it adds more mileage in his legs, also taking away a lot of his pre-season work that is highly crucial for next season.
The Lily Whites for much of the season were praised for being a team that fights to the end thanks to their endurance. They work extremely hard and this is also another reason the English striker needs the rest.
It is also important for players to take their holiday and get away from the madness of the Premier League for a while. Spending time with family is a great way to relax and get the mind off football. Kane may well use the time to relax with his girlfriend and get some much needed rest after pushing himself to the limit over the duration of the season.
No Championship for Kane
The U21 championship could provide some invaluable experience for the 21-year-old, however, if England are thinking long-term, especially with the European championship taking place at the end of next season, a rest for Kane this summer makes even more sense.
The Three Lions striker has a bright future ahead of him but he must make the right decisions at crucial moments in his career in order to be at his best at all times.
Spurs fans what do you think? Should Kane take a well deserved rest at the end of this season? Let us know in the comments box below.
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