Harry Kane – Who Is He?
- Name – Harry Kane
- Age – 06/28/1993 (27 years old)
- Rookie Season/ Team – 2010/11 / Leyton Orient
- Nationality – English
- International Caps (Goals) – 49 (32)
- Position – Striker
- Current Team / League – Tottenham Hotspur / English Premier League
Despite his current association with Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Kane was part of Arsenal’s youth setup from 2001 to 2002. Following this, he had a stint at Watford before finally joining Spurs in 2004, where he spent five years as part of the academy.
However, anyone who has followed Kane’s career knows he did not burst onto the scene. Instead, he bounced between loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City, and Leicester City.
He made his first-team debut on January 15th as a 75th minute substitute in a 1-1 draw against Rochdale. While he failed to get Orient the win, he made an impact the following week, scoring his first professional goal in a 4-0 hammering of Sheffield Wednesday. He finished the season with five goals in 18 matches.
In the 2011/12 season, Kane was included in Spurs’ first team squad and debuted in the Europa League. The same game saw Kane score his first goal for Tottenham in a 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers. Despite finally getting off the mark, he joined Millwall before the New Year, where he scored nine goals in 27 appearances. This was enough to win him Millwall’s Young Player of the Year.
He made his league debut for Tottenham in August 2012 in a loss to Newcastle United, but this was merely a brief cameo in the 86th minute. At the end of the month, he joined Norwich, but broke his metatarsal bone in his second appearance. In January, Tottenham recalled Kane to bolster their attacking options. He was later loaned to Leicester City for the rest of the season, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.
It was the following season where Kane made a name for himself and showed signs of the player we know today. In his first full season, he netted 21 times in 34 appearances and won the PFA Young Player of the Year. This season also saw Kane capitaining Spurs for the first time on April 5th. In the 2015/16 season, Kane finished as the top goalscorer as he cemented himself as first-choice striker. The 2017/18 season saw further success. Kane score 56 goals in a record-breaking calendar year, and he has not slowed down since.
Described as an old-fashioned centre forward, Kane has the eye for a goal. His height and physique make him a formidable opponent, while his power and accuracy make him a complete striker. Despite this, he has also proven capable in a slightly deeper role. While he is primarily known for his goal scoring, his support play comes with a flair that you rarely expect from someone like him.
How Do His Stats Look?
It’s no secret that Harry Kane has an impressive resume of statistics, even if it took him a while to emerge as a prime talent. Looking at his stats for Spurs, he has 198 goals in 298 appearances overall, meaning a goal ratio of 0.66. When you add assists to the mix, this number increases to 0.79.
These statistics show that, above all else, you can expect Kane to be involved when Tottenham score. The same goes for England, where he has 32 goals in 48 appearances, giving him the same goals-to-game ratio as with Tottenham, with 0.66. This, if nothing else, demonstrates consistency, even if he has nearly gone an entire year without an international goal, and proves he is not the one-season wonder opposing fans expected (and perhaps hoped) he would be.
Why Has His Value Increased?
There are many factors which dictate why a player’s value increases, but it’s worth knowing what to pay attention to when deciding whether Harry Kane’s soccer cards are worth a punt.
- He is an established talent and proven goalscorer
- With five goals and seven assists already, Kane in in fine form this season
- He is England’s captain, and arguably their talisman
- Vast appeal of the English Premier League
- Increased interest in high-value soccer cards
Predictions for the Future
It’s impossible to predict too far into the future when it comes to football. Still, with existing statistics, we can get a general idea of how Kane will perform in the future, and how these performances will impact his soccer card value.
- Consistency: Kane has struggled to stay fit for the entire season in recent years, but if he keeps away from the physios table, he can maintain the consistency he has shown so far.
- Form: Early season performances show that Kane is still firing as ever. While all players have peaks and valleys, he shows little sign of slowing down especially with Son and Bale supporting him.
- Club Form: Despite the first-day hiccup against Everton and recent capitulation in the West Ham game, Spurs are still capable of performing, and with Mourinho’s history in his second season, they could push for a high finish
- Honors: Kane has won multiple Player of the Months and Golden Boot awards in his career. The only things missing are honors for club and country. But this could change this year in domestic, European, or international competition.
- International Performance: As Kane is England’s starting striker and captain, he has the responsibility to push the Three Lions to success, and with both Nations League and Euros happening across the next year, there are plenty of chances to impress.
Kane and Able
Kane has already established himself as a quality player capable of dragging his team up to his level. At 27, he is in his prime, and will be leading the line for Spurs and England for the future. His quality means he is a low-risk option for purchasing soccer cards. So, you should expect him to build on his current quality to excel even further.
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