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Harry Kane is proving he isn't a one-season wonder

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This time last year, Harry Kane was a name people had only just started to become acquainted with.

Previously, he was farmed out on loan to Leyton Orient, Millwall and Norwich meanwhile at Tottenham he had been battling with a grossly overpaid Emmanuel Adebayor and a laughably bad Roberto Soldado.

Now, as we approach the festive football programme, Kane is one of the most feared strikers in the league. His rise has been astronomical, but it is difficult to put a finger on the exact cause of his ascent.

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His general play since he was given an opportunity in Spurs' first XI has been phenomenal, continually working hard and linking play with his teammates particularly well.

His finishing is up there with the very best and his energy and technique is almost unparalleled. The years spent at teams in the lower divisions are surely responsible for his work ethic, but it is the skill and finesse which are responsible for his promotion from a squad rotation player to a potential world beater.

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In his first campaign, after becoming the first Tottenham player to score 30 goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1991-92, the usual questions were being asked. Will he be able to replicate it? Is this just another young English talent who no one will remember in five years time?

We have seen it countless times before, a young English striker bursts onto the scene and the whole nation expects them to be the saviour, (James Beattie, Jermaine Beckford, Francis Jeffers).

Would Kane become just another name more befitting of a reality TV show than a place on the pitch with the world's finest?

After one goal from his first nine league games, plenty of critics were ready to dump the player in that category of has-beens and forgotten men.

However, November was a much more prolific month for the striker - scoring six times from five appearances. Even during his lean start, his interplay, work ethic, and ability to play as a complete number nine meant he was an indispensable cog in the Spurs line up.

Despite not scoring in his last three outings, there can be no question he is one of the most potent strikers in the league, along with the most technically gifted English frontman available to Roy Hodgson - apologies to a certain Mr. Vardy.

Providing he stays injury free and continues to work hard and improve his skill and technique, he has already shown he has more than enough mentally to succeed at the top level for the next decade.

Should he stay at Tottenham, as "one of their own," perhaps the Premier League should take heed of the current Harrykane warning.

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