With less than a week to go now until Spurs kick off their Premiership campaign with a tough trip to Newcastle, we find ourselves in a strange situation. The ‘on/off’ Adebayor deal looks to have fallen through, and we only have one senior striker on our books – Jermain Defoe. This is unfortunate as Defoe cannot lead the line on his own. This is clearly a problem due to the formation we play. The only alternative Spurs have is to start with 19-year-old Harry Kane. Kane is an England Under-19 regular that in the past scored bucket loads of goals for the youth team, and most recently enjoyed a successful loan spell at Millwall. He’s a tall, strong player that is suited to playing up front on his own. While it is great to see Kane succeed in the Championship, it’ll take a lot more to convince most Spurs fans that he is ready to lead our line when our competitors have the likes of Rooney, Aguero, Torres, and Van Persie.
If I was AVB I would not be confident about having this rookie up front because there is simply not enough evidence to suggest he can make in impact in the Premiership.
My biggest concern about Harry Kane is based purely on what I have seen of him in the flesh. During our ill-fated Europa League campaign he started up front regularly after an impressive pre-season (scored a cracker against MK Dons). I can remember being genuinely excited to see him play against Hearts only to be disappointed after his penalty miss. I know all the best players in the world are capable of missing penalties, but it was not the best first impression. After this, I get the feeling Kane lost his confidence, and his performances in Europe were average at best, but for his goal against Ireland’s finest – Shamrock Rovers. This local lad who is a lifelong Spurs fan wanted to impress so much, and perhaps there ended up being more pressure inside his head than there was on his shoulders.
Harry Kane has featured for the first team in pre-season, and started in the dull 0-0 friendly against Liverpool in Baltimore. He recently grabbed a hat-trick against Southend FC for the Tottenham XI aswell. He is therefore capable of scoring goals, albeit against teams in the lower leagues. If I was AVB I would not be confident about having this rookie up front because there is simply not enough evidence to suggest he can make in impact in the Premiership. He has already outshone our previous hope of a striker coming through the ranks Jon Obika, but this says little as he has spent all of his career on loan at Yeovil Town, without setting Devon alight. We do also have Coulibaly that has had a top pre-season, but he is only 17, and is more similar to Defoe. Come Saturday and Kane’s name is on the teamsheet I will be willing him on 110%, although I desperately hope a top-class striker, be it Adebayor or Leandro Damiao, will be arriving at the Lane very soon!