Inside Lane: It’s time to give Kane a chance up front for Spurs
12:31 21 October 2014
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Tottenham blogger Mike Williams believes the in-form 21-year-old Harry Kane deserves to be starting up front ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the Premier League.
Tim Sherwood is a man who always splits opinion but this week I am on his side as he called for Harry Kane to be given a real chance and a run in the Premier League.
I agree with our former boss and feel Kane deserves a shot, particularly ahead of Roberto Soldado who – bar his heavy price tag - has done nothing to warrant his place in the side.
In fact the price tag is one of the major problems when it comes to the Spaniard as everybody rightly expects more than just two goals so far this season when you have paid £26million for a forward.
Kane, on the other hand, didn’t cost us a penny as the 21-year-old has gone through the club’s ranks from a teenage level up to the first team.
It was Sherwood who gave Kane his chance in the Premier League last season and he certainly didn’t let anybody down, scoring three in his first three starts.
If that was a young unknown foreign striker aged just 20 at the time, who the club had just paid money for, some would be hailing him as the next messiah. But it is a common habit - not just at Spurs but at most clubs in England - to downplay and not fully believe in their young academy players because they have not cost millions of pounds.
While Kane might not be the flamboyant 20-goal-a-season striker we are so evidently lacking, he will give it everything he has.
When Kane has been given an opportunity this season, bar the unfortunate own goal against Sunderland, he has done well, scoring four goals in eight games for Tottenham after also providing an assist for Eric Dier with an excellent pass in the injury-time victory at West Ham on the opening day of the season.
On top of that, he has had two successful spells with the England Under-21s this season, so he is a man in form. The same certainly cannot be said of his fellow Spurs striker Soldado.
While Emmanuel Adebayor is seemingly the preferred choice for Mauricio Pochettino, I feel it is now time to show a bit more faith and confidence in Kane.
With a flurry of games coming our way over the next fortnight and two of them being in cup competitions when both Asteras Tripolis and Brighton visit White Hart Lane, this is the perfect opportunity for Kane to stake his claim for a place in the starting XI in the league.
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