He is the player everyone is talking about and one which has taken the Premier League by storm this season, yet he is still a player which not many people know too much about. The likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney and Bale are so famous and heavily covered in the media that we know just about every aspect of their lives, but this is not true for Tottenham’s 21 year old striker Harry Kane. Aside from knowing that for Tottenham fans he is “one of our own”, and the fact that if you give him the ball he is likely to score, not much is known about the Premier League’s joint top goalscorer.
This could all be about to change, as his recent call-up to the England squad has caused quite a stir with everyone now eagerly awaiting to see whether or not he will start in Friday’s game. Kane celebrated his call-up with a bang, by netting a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-3 victory over Leicester last Saturday. This sent the footballing world into a frenzy, and the striker that used to warm the bench and only get run outs in the Europa League is now leading some pundits to claim that the England team should be built around him.
It has been an extraordinary rise to success for Harry Kane. It has been the feel good story of the season so far due to the fact that he is a home grown player that has risen through the ranks, and he could soon be England’s starting striker.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the man himself, Harry Kane.
10. His 19 league goals have contributed a league best 22 points for Spurs.
Not only has Kane found the back of the net with astonishing regularity, but his goals have also proven to be decisive for Spurs this season. His 19 league goals have contributed a massive 22 points for Tottenham, which is a league best. Spurs have made a habit of scoring late goals this season and winning games by a narrow margin, and it is Kane who has bailed them out time and time again.
9. He is joint top scorer in the league despite not starting a game till November.
It has been a whirlwind season for Harry Kane, but his Premier League campaign did not properly start until November. After a remarkable run of games in Europa and some inspired performances off the bench it became impossible for Pochettino to leave Kane out, and he made his first Premier League start against Stoke on the 9th of November. Kane has not looked back since, going on a scoring rampage to become joint top scorer with Diego Costa who has started almost every game this season.
8. He made his senior debut for Spurs in 2011, in a Europa game against Hearts.
This senior debut was also in the second leg of the tie in which Spurs were already winning 5-0, so it was an opportunity for Redknapp to rest his key players. Kane won but missed a penalty in the goalless draw. His first goal for Spurs would come soon after though, finding the back of the net in a 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in the same competition.
7. He had a year at Arsenal’s academy when he was 8.
Prior to the North London Derby a photo emerged of a very young Harry Kane in an Arsenal shirt, inevitably causing a bit of an uproar. The story emerged that he had spent a year at their academy before he was released, and before long he was snapped up by the team that he would regularly go to watch and would much later become their star striker. How things might have been different had he remained with the red half of North London.
6. He was born 5 miles from White Hart Lane.
“Harry Kane, he’s one of our own” is the chant heard at every Spurs game, and it is very much true as he was born in the area, comes from a family of Tottenham fans and he arrived at Spurs at just 11 years old. Kane made his way through the ranks and has gone from a fan in the stands to the starting striker for his boyhood team. This make him a firm favourite at the Lilywhites, with the striker claiming he never wants to leave. Hands off, Real Madrid…
5. He has had loan spells at 4 different teams.
Much of Kane’s development over the years is thanks to a series of loans, which have enabled him to get first team action and experience instead of warming the bench. This was under Sherwood’s direction, and has clearly paid massive dividends. Kane has had spells at Orient, Leicester, Norwich and most notably at Millwall, where he scored 9 in 27 games and was named their Young Player of the Season.
4. The last Spurs player to score 29 total goals was Jurgen Klinsmann.
Kane’s hat-trick against Leicester took him to a staggering 29 goals in all competitions. The last Spurs player to do this was Jurgen Klinsmann back in the 1994/95 season, but with a way to go before the end of the season, and the form he is in, Kane will be eyeing another Spurs legend’s record – Gary Lineker with 35 in the 1991/92 season.
3. He has outscored 13 Premier League clubs. in 2015.
Kane has been nothing short of prolific since the New Year, scoring braces against Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR and West Brom, a hat-trick against Leicester and goals against West Ham, Crystal Palace and Liverpool. This takes his tally in the league to 14 for 2015, which is more than 13 other Premier League clubs.
2. He is 1 of 4 players to win back-to-back Premier League Player of the Month awards.
Kane’s remarkable form has been recognised with Barclay’s Player of the Month awards in both January and February, and he is in fine company with just 3 other players achieving back-to-back awards. These players are Cristiano Ronaldo, Dennis Bergkamp and Robbie Fowler. Kane is in the running to win the award for the 3rd straight month after scoring 5 goals, but he has tough competition from Olivier Giroud who has 6 in 6, and Eden Hazard who also been in fine form.
1. He has been a part of the England set up since playing for the U17’s.
Kane may have just been called up to the England senior team for the first time, but he has been a key part of the junior squads for many years. He has played for the U17’s, he scored 6 goals in 19 appearances for U19’s, he was part of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad and he most notably played a large role for the U21’s. He bagged 13 goals in just 12 appearances for the U21’s, and his work with the team may not be done just yet as it remains to be seen if he will play in this summer’s European Championship after helping them to qualify. Kane was also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland, but instead was keen to break into the England senior team.