How far is Harry Kane from the Tottenham Hotspur first team?

The 19-year-old is currently starring for England at the Under-20 World Cup, is there a chance Kane will play a senior role for Tottenham Hotspur next season?

Although England’s Under-20 have so far disappointed as a whole at the World Cup in Turkey this month, drawing with Iraq and Chile to leave themselves needing a win from their last game against Egypt to ensure progression from the group stages, Harry Kane has shone, scoring once and setting up two goals to become Peter Taylor’s most important player.

Given that his name started to appear in Spurs’ squads as early as 2009, it is easy to forget that Kane is still only 19-years-old, and has plenty of time to make an impression on Tottenham Hotspur’s senior side. A slew of loan spells over the past couple of years have seen Kane slip from many people’s minds at Spurs, and while other youngsters like Alex Pritchard and Shaq Coulthirst were lauded throughout last season, Kane was largely overlooked.

Whether he can change all that next season is an interesting question. Had Kane avoided injury he might have gained some Premier League experience on loan at Norwich last season, and a short-term move to another top flight club will probably be Spurs first choice for the player next season as well.

But given their current dearth of strikers, there could be a case for keeping Kane at the club if significant additions are not made to the squad this summer. One problem the youngster has is that he is most comfortable playing off another striker, something he will not be given the opportunity to do in either of the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formations Andre Villas-Boas is expected to use next season.

Kane is unlikely to ever become a world-beater, but he needs to be given a real chance to develop next season, either at another club or at Spurs. His previous loans have not always seemed like the most considered choices, with his spell at Millwall perhaps the only time he has been given a run of games in his best position, and this summer a big effort needs to be made to match Kane up to a club that will suit him.

If that happens, there is every chance he can impress, and maybe force himself into first team contention at Spurs.

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