Harry Kane still has some way to go to assert himself as a world class forward, despite a breakthrough season that saw him score 21 Premier League goals, win PFA Young Player of the Year and finish runner up as PFA Player of the Year, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand on Kane
"As a young kid coming through, the first seasons your easiest, because no one knows you, you're a surprise package,” the ex-United man said yesterday.
‘Rio/David/Robbie was speaking at a BT Sport media event to launch the broadcasters football coverage for the coming season...’
“The ball comes into you as a centre forward, the centre half doesn't know if you prefer your right foot, your left foot, what your best turn is."
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reasons to doubt Kane?
Of course, a plethora of young English strikers have burst onto the scene before Kane and scored their way into our hearts. Defenders know little about them, everything they do turns to gold and we fail to notice all their little flaws.
It’s like a new relationship; it's fun and it's exciting at first, but before long cracks begin to show and issues begin to arise.
Francis Jeffers is a good case in point. He started his career with a twinkle in his eye and a net-seeking missile for a foot. We all fell in love with Jeffers, Arsene Wenger included, but soon enough he was out partying and didn't make time for any of us.
It is because of such cases that so much doubt is spread around Kane. We England fans think we're a clever bunch. We wont be fooled twi…13 times by an exciting centre forward.
That said, Kane has something different about him, a determination to succeed that stems beyond a purple patch in form and a pretty pot of gold at the end of the Manchester United shaped rainbow.
“Is he going to be able to show different elements to his game? A different side to his game? A different thought process maybe, different runs, change things up, that's the question that's going to be asked now, Ferdinand said.
His meteoric rise has seen him develop and mature from a skinny striker who missed a sitter for Norwich City to one of the Premier League's most powerful and dominate forwards.
Another difference between Kane and his predecessors is that he is not just comparable in terms of goals scored. He created only six fewer chances than Sergio Aguero last season, and won more aerial duels than Diego Costa. His passing accuracy is also only just shy off them both at 75%.
On top of this he has loyalty at the centre of his ambitions. Manchester United were never an option for him this summer; despite their interest he was already at a big enough club.
Again, unlike Jeffers and others before him, it is not a case of first time lucky for Kane. His history detailed failed loan moves and undelivered promises off first-team football, and yet he endures.
He has worked his way into the Tottenham side the hard way, through stints at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester. He carried on fighting to prove himself.
Kane knows Tottenham is the perfect place for him to develop. Mauricio Pochettino plans to build his side around the 22-year-old and that is exactly what he needs. He is one of their own, the fans and the team have a desire to see him succeed and will put everything into doing this.
Ferdinand may pose questions, but Kane looks to be the real deal.
Spurs fans, do you agree? Is there any doubt over whether or not Kane will shine this season? Let us know in the comments box below.
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