Harry Kane has been on the fringes for a few seasons, ever since his first appearance for the first team in the second leg of our Europa League tie vs. Hearts a couple of years ago. He has been out on loan to several different clubs as he waits for his chance to grab a first team place. However, he has been linked with a move to a couple of Championship teams again in the current loan window, most notably a move to QPR which would see Kane link up with ex-manager Harry Redknapp and other spurs loanees Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll. As good as it would be the see the link up play between Carroll and Kane at Loftus Road, I believe Kane’s short-term future lies solely at the Lane.
At this moment in time it appears that our striker situation has been resolved, we have Roberto Soldado who is slowly increasing his goal tally by the match and Jermain Defoe, who is basically showing the same sort of form he does at the start of every season. However, you already get the feeling we are one dry spell or injury away from returning to having another striker crisis, what if Robbie or Jermain get injured or start missing several clear cut chances? With Adebayor clearly out of the picture it leaves all the pressure on one man, Harry Kane. But is he ready?
In my opinion no, he lacks Premier League experienced and sometimes lacks the skill required to advance into the reliable striker that Tottenham need. Although, he does look like a raw talent, that with some hard work on his part and some good coaching by Andre Villas-Boas he could become a decent striker. Kane is clearly a good goal scorer and if you look at his stats for the Tottenham and England youth teams, you can tell the boy knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. However, one of the main things that I believe needs to happen, is that the player needs to rack up a fair share of Premier League minutes. We’ve all seen Kane play his part in Europa League, Capital One and FA Cup games, where against poorer oppositions he looks pretty good. Although, in recent premier league matches he looks a little out of place and it sometimes seems like the game passes him by. Now when I say that he needs to play Premier League matches I’m not saying chuck him into the starting XI to face Chelsea on Saturday, but matches like Norwich when we are leading 2-0 is ideal for him to make a cameo and test himself in a match without any pressure. By gaining this experience in the Premier League it would give him the confidence that he needs, not only is he in AVB’s plans but if he was to get a couple of assists or goals, it would allow him to have confidence in his ability that he is able to play the highest level of football.
We shouldn’t be too hasty when I comes to player development because like I said earlier he is a very raw talent, but surely a few regular minutes would do wonders for the young lads career. Because if he doesn’t start playing football at Premier League level soon, he may never get the chance to ever again.
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