Neil Warnock: I wanted Tottenham’s Harry Kane at Crystal Palace

Neil Warnock attempted to sign Harry Kane on loan this season.

Kane has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence this season, scoring two goals and registering one assist in 10 Premier League appearances.

He has used his experience in the Europa League to work his way into the first-team set-up at White Hart Lane, and has taken his chances in the Premier League to cement himself as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice striker. He was named ahead of Roberto Soldado for Spurs’s trip to Chelsea on Wednesday evening, and he was unlucky to not open the scoring on two separate occasions.

Having progressed through the Enfield-based Academy of the club, the Lilywhites faithful are delighted to see one of their home-grown prospects make his name in the first-team, and he has been the standout performer of the former academy men - alongside Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.

Despite his rise to fame, 21-year-old Kane was only on the outskirts of Pochettino’s set-up at the start of the campaign, and many believed he would be sent out on loan for the fourth time in his short career to gain further match experience. Yet he remained in North London as a back-up choice, and as first-choice for European action, and has taken his chance with adroitness.

One club who attempted to make a move for Kane over the summer was Crystal Palace, and manager Neil Warnock believes that it was Spurs’s inclusion in the Europa League that stopped the club loaning their young star to Selhurst Park.

“I’ve tried to get him a few times this year,” Warnock was quoted by the Croydon Advertiser.

“He’s a good lad, a genuine lad. He’s an exciting player. And his first thought when he gets the ball is positive.

“When I came [back to Palace], he wasn’t involved at the time at Spurs.

“We thought there was a chance of getting him on loan but unfortunately they’re in that horrible cup on a Thursday night!”

Finally Spurs fans will be thanking the Europa League for bringing something positive to their club.

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