Harry Kane was the star of last season, and no one could have predicted the influence he had for Spurs at the beginning of the campaign.
Often seen as a player who would make it as a steady Football League target man, Kane, 22, broke free of all limitations and showed that he was an intelligent footballer with an eye for goal, and an appetite to always improve.
He netted 21 goals in the Premier League, earning his first international call up with England, and he scored with moments on taking to the field of play on his debut.
Yet, Kane has failed to live up to those heights as of the fourth Premier League game of this season, still having yet to hit the back of the net for the Lilywhites.
He has looked isolated in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, and although the entire team has appeared disjointed in the early stages of this campaign, Kane has taken a brunt of the focus due to the importance of his goals to the team.
He is the only natural striker available for selection, and when the youngster is not finding the back of the net - who is meant to.
However, Kane’s lack of goalscoring should certainly not be a worry yet, as he has actually improved in his all-round game this season, even if it has been at the expense of goals.
Kane has become a more complete forward, taking creative tasks into his hands as well as the need to lead the line, and his overall improvement is evident in his statistics.
Per game, Kane has improved in the areas of key passes, successful dribbles and successful touches this season, whilst he is also fouled less, dispossessed less and called offside less than last term.
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Kane is considered good enough to play as a number 10, rather than a classic number nine, and for people who have tracked his development since his time as a youth player, it is actually Kane’s playmaking skills which shine through.
He reads the game with a maturity beyond his years, and his passing has always been praised as one of the strengths of his game.
The forward is living up to this reputation so far this season, and it is just a shame that Pochettino did not bring in another striker during the summer transfer window.
Kane could have been dropped into a deeper playmaking role, lining up as a second striker, meaning that it is his creative skills which shine through, so that his lack of goals do not cost the North London side potential points this term.