In late March, fans in England expressed their hopes that, for the first time in this century,an Englishman would be the top scorer in the Premier League. Harry Kane had just scored the first hat-trick in the league in Tottenham’s 4:3 win against Leicester, before reached a tally of 19 goals in eight games before the end of the championship.
However, after that Kanescored just one goal until the end of season, allowing Sergio Aguero to surpass him on the top scorer table. England might have lost their best scorer of the league, but what they got was a new striker who will be a pillar of the national team in the years to come.
Harry Edward Kane was born on 28July 1993 in Chinford, and when he was eight years old, he moved from a local club to Arsenal. Three years later he moved to Tottenham where he passed through all the youth categories. After this, he was in the protocol for two cup matches in the Cup in 2010, but did not make it onto the pitch.
In January 2011 he was sent on loan to Leyton Orient, before being forwarded to Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City. After several years on loans, Kane returned to White Hart Lane where he simply exploded in the 2014/15 season. He played in 50 games in all competitions, in scoring 30 goals and making six assists.
Harry made his first appearance of the season as a substitute against West Ham United on the opening day of the Premier League season, providing an assist for the game-winning goal by Eric Dier.
His fantastic series began in October, when Kane scored six goals, including a hat-trick against Asteras in the Europa League group stages.
He had found net six times in November and December, and after that the Spurs striker opened the year with a superb performance against Chelsea. On January 1st Kane scored two goals and made one assist in Tottenham’s emphatic 5:3 victory in Premier League over their city rivals.
“I think the whole country is excited about Harry. His rise has been fantastic since he broke into the Tottenham team. He has done so well and it would have been much more of a surprise if he had not been selected, so I am delighted for him,”England coach Roy Hodgson told Reuters.
After a weak first month in 2015, the young striker fueled the hopes of the nation that he could be the League’s best scorer when he scored 11 Premier League goals in just over a month and a half. He particularly excelled inthe London derby against Arsenal, when he found the net two times and brought his team a 2:1 victory. In next two months it seemed that Kane simply could not miss, but the title of topgoal scorerslipped just out of reach at the end of the season.
“I’m struggling to see a weakness in the lad’s game,”Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, said in March, adding that Kane “seems to have that natural ability to get goals. He’s also young, fresh and his attitude appears to be very, very good. What I like about him, is that he is willing to run in behind defenders, as well as go short. When he gets opportunities he inveariably takes them. He wants to get his shot away very quickly, which is good to see. It looks as if he could have a very good future in the game.”
Due to his great form in Tottenham,Kane earned an invitation for the England national team, for which he made his debut against Lithuania at Wembley when he replaced Wayne Rooney. He scored after only 79 seconds on the pitch and confirmed England’s 4:0 triumph in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers in France.
“It was a very satisfying evening for us and fantastic for Harry,”Hodgson said in the postgame press conference. “We’re so delighted for him. It is a bit of a fairytale, but it’s nice when fairytales come true, and it’s come true for Harry. He’s crowned his England debut with a well-taken goal, so I’m delighted with tonight’s performance and for Harry. It couldn’t be better really. There’s been a lot of pressure and hype around him and it’s fantastic that, in the time he was on the field, he made a good run to the back post, Raheem Sterling produces a bit of magic and Harry scores a great goal. We hope that’s the start of a great career for him. I think Harry will put pressure on himself because he’s a good professional, but I don’t think he’s a person who’ll buckle under pressure.”
Kane still has the right to play for England’s U-21 tea, which is why coach Gareth Southgate put him on the preliminarylist of players for the European Championship in the Czech Republic this June.
Due to his fantastic performances throughout the season Harry Kanehas found himself on the radar of the biggest clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Tottenham have offered Kane a new £60,000 a week contract, what remains to be seen is whether this will be enough to keep him at White Hart Lane.