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Spurs boss discusses the next step in Harry Kane’s development

Harry Kane in action for England Under-21s Harry Kane in action for England Under-21s

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12:01 PM

Andre Villas-Boas says a loan move may be on the cards for Harry Kane, but that Tottenham are taking their time to decide the next step in the young star’s development.

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While Andros Townsend has been grabbing all of the headlines for his recent displays on the international stage, 20-year-old Kane scored a hat-trick for England’s Under-21s in a 4-0 victory against San Marino earlier this month.

However, he has struggled to get playing time at club level this season, making just one start for Spurs – against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup – in addition to three substitute appearances.

Villas-Boas concedes that Kane may benefit from a loan spell, having already sent the likes of Jake Livermore, Tom Carroll and Adam Smith to Hull, QPR and Derby County respectively.

But the young forward has previously had spells with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, with mixed success – and Spurs’ head coach is anxious to ensure that the club make the right decision about his immediate future and give him the right environment to develop his talents.

“At the moment what I’ve been speaking to Harry about is that we are studying the possibility of him going out on loan as well – but we are happy for him to try to compete for his place, and so is he,” said Villas-Boas.

“We have lots of options up front and he understands that, but he is happy to continue to push for his place. He’s been given that opportunity because he has been excellent in training, so we believe a lot in his future.

“We can’t have a loan situation that does not work for him, like the ones that we have had before. That’s why we have been very cautious with his next step, and we have not been in a rush in that situation.

“Why haven’t the loans worked before? Because he didn’t play.”

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