Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is very much the man-of-the-moment, after the 21-year-old followed up his 29 domestic goals this season with a strike on his international debut.
It continues an outstanding chapter in the player’s fledgling career, but England coach Roy Hodgson has made comments that should please Tottenham fans greatly.
In an interview published by ESPN, Hodgson said of England’s latest scoring sensation, “We are not going to hold him back, but on the other hand I hope I have got Harry Kane for a long period of time and I don’t be the one who throws him in and he flies too close to the sun.”
The simple fact is, Kane’s stock has risen at such a rate that he is now regarded as some kind of footballing saviour, both for Tottenham and for England, and given his age that is simply not fair.
There is absolutely no doubt he is a wonderful young striker but the trick now is to sustain his form over a number of campaigns, and Hodgson’s comments are likely to be greeted with pleasure both by the White Hart Lane hierarchy and the Spurs faithful.
In England we have a habit of taking young players who are performing well and thrusting all our expectations on their shoulders before, in many cases, bemoaning their inevitable dip in form.
With Kane, Hodgson would be wise to be patient, while Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will know he must sign another striker this summer to ease the pressure on a player who has excelled but who should not be expected to do so much of the work on his own.