Is Harry Kane's Spurs' best ever Premier League striker?

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It is fair to say Spurs' front line has seen its fair share of mediocrity in the Premier League era.

From Grzegorz Raziak to Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora, White Hart Lane's faithful have not always witnessed the kind of free-scoring football that Tottenham's tradition has led them to expect.

Countless forwards have been and gone. The Clint Dempseys and Eidur Gudjohnsens were never given much of a chance to shine and had perhaps already put their best years behind them.


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Moments of brilliance 

Others, the Roman Pavlyuchnekos and Peter Crouches, had moments of brilliance, but might not be remembered as Spurs legends.

However, N17 has also been graced with some outstanding strikers, and Harry Kane is just the latest.

His 22nd goal of the current campaign came against Liverpool, making himTottenham's highest scorerin a Premier League season. That record means he has eclipsed the likes of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, whose pairing was one of Spurs' standout striking partnerships in recent years.

Power and technique 

Kane's tally is impressive considering he has had little support up front, though equally, he has not had to share chances. The 22-year-old is often inclined to take a shot on instead of looking to pass.

While Berbatov may have been more technically gifted, Kane is more powerful, a vital asset in the Premier League.

Indeed, he has also silenced doubters about his technique with two beautiful goals on the turn in the last fortnight, and one of the goals of the season in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

All about substance 

Kane is far more committed to Spurs than the elegant Bulgarian, which removes the circus that Berbatov sometimes brought with him. Berbatov was able to pull off some impressive moves that eventually attracted Manchester United, but Kane is all about substance.

The Chigwell-born striker has been able to take English football by storm because he was relatively unknown, other than to followers of Spurs' academy.

With players like Keane and Klinsmann, fans already knew what they were getting. Keane had spent time with Wolves, Coventry, and Leeds while Klinsmann was a World Cup winner with West Germany.

Flattering comparisons 

Keane was undoubtedly one of the most exciting Tottenham strikers in the Premiership era. The Irish captain had everything, from 20-yard volleys against Fulham to sprints through the Charlton defence. 

Kane's recent goal against Arsenal brought comparisons with Keane's famous last-minute equaliser in a 4-4 home draw against Chelsea; the technique was similar on that occasion, though Keane typically had a lighter touch of the ball.

The fact that he did it for Spurs over six years across two spells - though admittedly, he was not the same player after returning from Liverpool - ranks him as arguably Spurs' top striker.

The same could also be said of Teddy Sheringham, who himself returned to Spurs after four years at Manchester United. Sheringham did not quite rediscover his best form second time around, but he was a lynchpin for Spurs' attack in the mid-90s.

Kane needs competition to prove himself

Jermain Defoe, meanwhile, did not have Kane's fortune in that he found himself amongst fierce competition. Despite falling behind Berbatov and Keane in the pecking order, Defoe's speed still meant that the best years of his career came at White Hart Lane. Prior to Berbatov's arrival, Keane and Defoe had built up a fantastic partnership, not only in terms of goals but in the way they played together.

In a time when Spurs were blessed with a number of quality finishers, Defoe himself had kept Freddie Kanoute out of the team. If Kanoute were to be judged on his time at Seville, he would be rivalling Kane's quality. At Spurs, however, he was often charged with creating goals for the other two strikers.

Having another striker to compete with could even spur Kane on to be even better. At present, he appears more concerned with Leicester's Jamie Vardy as the two England hopefuls vie for the Golden Boot. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should grasp on that competitive nature, and internalise it so that Kane has more to fight for within the club. 

Of course, the quality of the Lilywhites' strike force has not always been reflected in their league position. Klinsmann was combative and exhilarating to watch, but also scored the four goals that saved Spurs from relegation in a 6-2 win over Wimbledon in 1997-1998. Les Ferdinand endured a similarly drab time and despite his goals, Spurs could not manage higher than a 9th place finish.

Worthy of the history books?

Kane has the potential to be the Spurs' first Premier League striker to fire them to a title. That could see him written into the history books, but first, if he is to rival Keane, Sheringham and Klinsmann, he must stay at the club for long enough to carve out his legendary status. 

At the very least, he can be assured that he has dispelled the one-season-wonder myth once and for all.

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Gareth Bale
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