Speaking to Sky Sports, Newcastle legend Shearer has explained the main strength Harry Kane has shown, which could be the reason for his incredible development.
After a series of loan moves away from Tottenham Hotspur, Kane has broken into the first-team this season, scoring 26 goals and winning his first call-up to the senior England squad.
Such performances represent an incredible turnaround for a player who failed to properly cut it in the Championship, and was outside of the first-team at the start of the campaign. He is the third highest Premier League goalscorer, and the highest English goalscorer in the division, and it does not look as if he will stop scoring anytime soon.
It is hard to understand how Kane has turned around so magnificently, although at the age of 21-years-old it could be said that expectations were too high beforehand. His current age is one that players should be breaking onto the scene, and Kane’s rise to prominence has proved that youngsters should be given more time to impress, rather than be written off early.
With the unlikely rise of the forward, many have attempted to highlight why Kane has only broken through this season. One man who thinks he has the answer is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer.
Shearer, who Kane appears to be emulating with his goalscoring record, told Sky Sports that self-belief has driven the young striker to succeed.
“I think it’s belief,” Shearer said. “That feeling that you belong in the surroundings and feel comfortable at that level. Not being fazed by anything that’s put to you and not getting carried away, big-headed or arrogant. If that happens then the future looks good for him.
“It’s not as if it’s been put on him immediately. He’s had to work for it. He’s had to go out on loan and learn little bits, which I’m sure had put him in good stead and he’s had to sit on the bench for a while and look at things. That all will have whetted his appetite to get out there. It looks as if now he’s been given that opportunity, he wants to stay there.”