If proclaiming a player the saviour of English football after a season is premature then writing said player off after less than ten games is duplicity of the highest order. It’s fashionable to latch onto the opportunity to be prophetic by proclaiming a player overrated after a poor or even below average spell but even then there needs to be solid backing evidence. To be fair, the Harold Kane hype machine was paraded in all its grandeur last season. Why not? The kid lit up the league and gave hope to a nation that has become so accustomed to disappointment that they needed something to believe in.
But despair not, you can believe. You can’t believe that this is any saviour of England or Tottenham but that you have a valuable member of the next generation. Kane’s football isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as many would want it to be. He isn’t a classic dribbler; he doesn’t look like he could be a proper footballer. We understand. Yet he is and his style more than anything else draws reservations about his long term prospects. Admittedly we are mostly drawn to the dribblers, the entertainers but there is a place for different styles and the surprise factor in that he does things markedly differently is part of what makes Kane an interesting player.
Defy one season wonder claims? Kane is able
He isn’t limited either. Having limitations is vastly different from being limited. Kane can play as a lone striker or in slightly deeper roles which shows that his game is adaptable and also suited to more than just scoring. His early season run without goals was beginning to get concerning for many but he was still getting into goal scoring positions and contributing positively to Tottenham. All good players will eventually find their feet and with a bit more luck we now have the resurgence we are now seeing.
How quickly they turned on him.
‘Overrated English hype!’ Those calls were so loud it was as if they were validation for having seen the goals for what they were, beginner’s luck. He was being figured out by defenders who now actually paid him attention. Of course, they never did throughout his first season. It makes sense.
Why there was no hurry to drop Harry
During his barren run there would have been suggestions that he should be dropped. However, he brings more than just goals. He isn’t the classic dribbler but he has devised his own method of little shifts and maneuvers that allows him to beat defenders. He’s a very good goal scorer because he has a great shot, plain and simple, with both feet.
Defending against Kane is a headache because of his exceptional movement, his hold up play, and his ability to draw defenders out of position. It’s no coincidence that many of his goals find him in acres of space and you wonder how he did that. He identifies such weaknesses brilliantly much in the manner that Kun Agüero and Daniel Sturridge operate that he is left unmarked for many of his goals. Of course we turn to the stat sheet and see Harry Kane without goals. We then juxtapose that to be that obviously the man is having a nightmare season but it was pretty inevitable that he would find his feet at some point. He’s an interesting case just so much that he doesn’t look as good as he really is.
Kane has a lot of development to get to the heights that the hype of last season would have suggested but his nascent career thus far suggests that he is well on the path to doing just that. His stats almost perfectly mirror that of last season excepting two areas, goals and assists. He’s a poaching number 9 who’s also a number 10 with an incredible work rate. Are there signs that those too will fall into line? Yes. Prove the doubters wrong? He certainly can.