The significant moment which highlighted Tottenham star's progress against West Ham

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane asserted his authority against West Ham United.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane proved just how much authority he now has when he stepped up to take a penalty in the last minute against West Ham United on Sunday.

Kane was fouled by Alex Song to earn the penalty and as soon as the referee pointed to the spot there was no doubt over who would take the kick.

The 21-year-old strode up confidently and scored on the rebound, after Adrian saved his initial effort, to earn Spurs a point and continue his fine goalscoring record.

It was a goal that took his total to 24 for the season, but this strike was more significant than just being one which earned a crucial point for his side in their chase for a top-four finish.

It also indicated just how much Kane has progressed over the past few months and highlighted that the whole squad now know he is the main-man in goalscoring situations.

Roberto Soldado has been Tottenham's first-choice penalty taker ever since arriving from Valencia, but he was happy to sit back and allow Kane to step up at the weekend.

Soldado has generally been deadly from 12-yards throughout his career, but he realised that he has been surpassed by the academy graduate and there were no protestations when Kane stepped up.

It shows Kane's standing in the squad now and, considering he has notched so regularly, it is hardly surprising that he has now been handed penalty responsibilities at White Hart Lane too.

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