Can Kane be more than able for Spurs?

Wednesday 9th April 2014 10:42

Harry Kane: On target against Sunderland

Harry Kane: On target against Sunderland

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle praised the efforts of Harry Kane after the striker scored his first Premier League goal against Sunderland.

Kane's performance against Sunderland earned him many 'Kane is Abel' puns and confirmation from Tim Sherwood afterwards that he'd start against West Brom on Saturday. It looks like Kane will get a run in the side so we can finally tell if he has a future at White Hart Lane.

Like Andros Townsend, Kane has been loaned out several times to give him competitive match practice and hopefully ready him for the Premier League. As a striker, his goal record thus far isn't great. However, he can offer the team other things.

On Monday night he buzzed around and created space for himself and others. His energy reminded me of Hull's Shane Long - a player I think is under-rated. Long isn't prolific but his unselfish play helps create chances for others and his work rate unsettles defenders. Long has helped Nikica Jelavić rediscover his form and Kane can play such a supporting role for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Of course, supporters want goals from their forwards, but forward play has changed in recent years. Gone are the days of pure goal-hangers and now many teams are opting to select forwards with high energy levels to create chances for themselves and others, as well as helping out in midfield. Certainly Steven Naismith performs this role for Everton, Danny Welbeck has done for Man Utd, as well as the aforementioned Long.

High energy forwards help create chances for their strike partners as well as attacking midfielders. As is well known, Chelsea don't have a prolific forward, yet goals from attacking midfielders have kept them in the title race. The likes of Long - and potentially Kane - bring a whole new meaning to the term 'support striker'.

Each of Spurs' five remaining fixtures are winnable, so I expect Sherwood to play with two strikers, albeit with Kane asked to do a lot of work outside the box.

It's always extra pleasing to see someone come through the ranks and do well. So hopefully journalists will be calling Kane 'Prince Harry' soon.

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