Tottenham’s striking crisis this season has been well documented. £26 million, second all time record signing, Roberto Soldado’s woes in front of goal have continued from last year and show no signs of letting up, as was exhibited during his disconsolate display against Manchester City.
With players like Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela getting over their first season blues and Christian Eriksen continuing to show that he is one of the best young playmakers in world football, the missing piece of Tottenham’s attacking outfit is a prolific goalscorer as they attempt to mount an assault on the top four.
Emmanuel Adebayor would be seen the natural successor to Soldado’s starting position, however having only scored one goal, the fourth against QPR, over two months ago on 24th August, he has also been far from a continued threat in front of goal, despite his good interlink play with the rest of the team.
This inconsistency in front of goal has lead Tottenham to be continually linked with goal scoring 21 year old, England Under 21 international, Saido Berahino, yet the White Heart Lane club have their own Under 21 international staking his own claim for a starting berth.
After having an explosive start to the season, Harry Kane is surely in line to try his hand in the starting eleven. A young, English, home grown talent, which is somewhat of a commodity in the Premier League, Kane has already won much of the Tottenham faithful over, despite having only played a cumulative 44 minutes in the Premier League season.
Tall and versatile, the England Under 21 international can both lead the line or play as a secondary striker and it has been in the Europa League where he has showcased his talents. Continuing his goal scoring form from the end of last season, which saw him feature in the last six games scoring three goals, Kane has played all five Europa League games so far this season scoring an impressive six goals.
A virtuoso striking performance during the home game against Greek side Asteras was a consummate exhibition of the striker’s talents as he netted a cool hat trick, and even made a cameo in goal. An effort from outside the box, a classic poacher’s goal and a calm headed finish showed exactly why Harry Kane has been making waves for both club and country.
Having sworn his international allegiance to England, after rejecting the chance to play for the Republic of Ireland, Kane has scored three and assisted two in his last four games for England under 21 side as they qualified for the Euro Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic.
With the European Championships waiting at the end of the season, Kane will be hoping to get as much playing time possible and, if he can continue his form in the Europe League, it would be extremely difficult for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to leave him out of the starting eleven.
The decision is now whether Pochettino can leave out his expensive, foreign import and place his trust in the young, local Englishman.