We are all very aware of last season’s Roy of the Rovers success story. Local Spurs lad, back-up player from August to November, his team crying out for goals and having to play stroppy or out of form forwards.
A few Europa league appearances for the White Hart Lane club then….. 20 goals in 6 months and a goal within two minutes on his international debut.
Harry Kane’s rise at Tottenham Hotspur last year caught everyone by surprise, except possibly himself.
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Goals of all types against some of the top teams. you could sense that defenders didn't quite know how to deal with him.
Even John Terry, while having one of his best years, struggled to deal with him during that memorable match in January, backing off and letting him score a remarkable goal from outside the area.
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Harry Kane had become the golden boy of English football, or so we thought.
But looking closely at the statistics tell a slightly different story. 17 of his goals came in just 11 matches, and they were in a 13 week period between the middle of December and towards the end of March.
As outstanding as that is, Kane’s form trailed off quite remarkably after that purple patch with only two goals in April and May and none for England in the under-21 European championship.
A hat-trick against Leicester and braces against QPR and West Brom may seem to some that he is just a flat track bully, taking nothing away from his braces at Arsenal and Chelsea, he was found wanting as Spurs struggled against the two Manchester sides, Stoke and Villa and Burnley.
All young players should be judged on at least one full year of football, if not more, but with today’s 24/7 media coverage and the enormous monetary figures involved in football today that just doesn't happen.
Through Tottenham’s well documented troubles in front of goal and his rise last year, there is a huge amount of pressure on some young shoulders as the 2015/16 season gets under way.
Hit the ground running, and we will probably see a young man mature into a fine professional, a slow or stuttered season and this time next year we will have been wondering what all the fuss was about.
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