Harry Kane scores his penalty.
Villas-Boas spoke to Ben Pearce of the Tottenham & Wood Green Journal earlier this month about the possibility of Harry Kane going out on loan again.
The manager stated it would have to be one right for his progression, but regardless of that both he and the player were also happy for him "to continue to push for his place."
After his display against Hull tonight, the latter idea is one Villas-Boas should definitely go with.
Anyone who caught Kane's appearances in preseason and on youth international duty (as well as in a couple of first team cameos for Spurs) will have seen a player who has markedly developed. His mobility has increased and his confidence with the ball attacking the goal from across the width of the pitch has only enhanced his scoring threat.
That was fully on show versus Hull as he livened Spurs up after coming on in the 78th minute, almost snatching a dramatic normal time winner when he hit the cross bar from long range deep into stoppage time.
The goal he eventually scored was testament to his clear belief he could make a difference (as too was his penalty in the shootout). Pushing the ball in front of him and away from the defender, the subsequent finish was an impeccable take amid the pressures of extra time.
With Emmanuel Adebayor unable to yet convince Villas-Boas to restore him to first team contention, there is space for a striker to offer something different to that provided by the smaller pair of Defoe and Roberto Soldado.
Kane has responded well to almost every challenge posed to him in his fledgling career. Like Andros Townsend has been this season, the 20-year-old deserves his chance to push for a starting place.