Roberto Soldado has admitted that he was left shocked by how quickly Harry Kane overtook him, Emanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order once he got his opportunity in the Europa Leauge.

Kane has undoubtedly evolved into one of the best strikers in world football but his rise to the top was not always straight forward.

The striker was not thought of as a golden boy while coming through the ranks at Spurs and struggled to make an impression in a couple of his loan spells away from North London (Independent).

It was towards the end of the 2014/15 season (Soldado’s first campaign at Tottenham) that Kane was handed a few first-team opportunities by interim boss Tim Sherwood and the striker showed that he had a natural ability to find the back of the net.

He exploded into life after Mauricio Pochettino took over the following season, firstly finding the back of the net in the Europa League and forcing his way into the Argentine’s starting eleven.

Speaking about Kane’s rise, Soldado, who now plays Granada said in an interview with El Larguero (as translated by besoccer): “I coincided with Kane in his first year and it happened like a rocket, to Adebayor, to Defoe.

“You could see it coming. As soon as he had minutes in the Europa League.”

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