Harry Kane pressed his claims for a place in the Tottenham Hotspur side with a hat-trick in England Under-21s’ win over San Marino on Thursday.
Tottenham have been short of goals from their strikers this season, Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado have mustered just a mere two goals between them—both penalties—in the opening seven league games.
All the while, Kane has been forced to kick his heels on the bench.
He took out his frustration with a treble blast against San Marino, and if Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was on Twitter on Thursday evening, he would have witnessed a groundswell of support for the 20-year-old.
Harry Kane > Zlatan Ibrahimovic + RVP + Falcao— Boyko loves Scotch (@BAleksievSpurs) October 10, 2013
Spurs face Aston Villa a week on Sunday, and the call has gone out for Kane to be handed a start.
Campaign starts for Harry Kane to starts up front on his own at Villa Park, Hat trick v San Marino u21s woo hoo— Richard Charlie (@RichHuws) October 10, 2013
Kane has seen nine minutes of action in the Premier League this season, although he did start at Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup last month.
What would Kane bring to Tottenham? Standing at 6'2", Kane would certainly offer a powerful presence to the Tottenham front line.
He certainly has admirers, as former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has expressed a desire to take Kane on loan to QPR.
According to Steven Green of Caught Offside, Redknapp said:
I was going to take Harry on the deadline. I was going to take him that night when AJ (Andrew Johnson) looked like he was going to Palace.
Now, I don’t know. Harry’s probably the third choice at Spurs now. Whether they’ll still loan him, I don’t know. They might do.
With Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly down the pecking order at Spurs, having been told to train with the reserves as reported by The Independent, Redknapp is probably correct in his assessment that Kane is third choice.
The problem facing Kane is that Villas-Boas is awash with top-class midfield options and his preferred system is to field a lone striker, be it Defoe or Soldado, supported by runners from midfield.
Having spent £26 million on Soldado, he will remain first choice despite his struggles in front of goal in the early weeks of the season.
Defoe is in firm possession of the backup striker role, which leaves Kane on the periphery.
And for the Tottenham fans calling for the youngster to be given his chance on the back of his exploits for the England Under-21s, they need to digest that Kane’s goals came against San Marino.
don't get so excited about Harry Kane!! It was San Marino lol Well done, but he is only a U21 or sub for the mo— Martin Harte (@martin_harte) October 10, 2013
San Marino’s main side are 207th in the FIFA rankings, and that is highly likely to be a fair gauge of their Under-21s’ abilities.
At some point a player needs to be given the chance to show they can make the grade, but Kane has not set the world alight during loan spells at Leyton Orient (five goals in 18 games), Millwall (10 goals in 27 games), Norwich (zero goals in five games) and Leicester City (two goals in 15 games), courtesy of Soccerbase.
As things stand, Kane may have bagged a hat-trick for the Under-21s, but there is a huge gulf between that class and the Premier League, and he may continue to be frustrated.