In the 2012/13 season, a young Harry Kane spent the back end of the season on loan at then Championship side Leicester City as they embarked on their quest to return to the Premier League, with the Foxes looking to add youth to their squad hoping to make the next step.
Despite scoring two goals in thirteen appearances for the Foxes, their appeared to be no inkling for what was to come from the youngster in future seasons, with Leicester fans recalling his performances as average.
Fast forward to today and Kane is being hailed as England’s only current world class player after a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.
Whilst the Greek side are not the barometer to measure against, there is little doubt that the England forward is continuing to evolve and there is more to come.
With pundits hailing his performances over the past two seasons at a Spurs side that seem intent on gaining the tag of ‘nearly men’, questions are being asked about how far Kane can move forward with the North London side.
With rumours last summer of a move elsewhere, the question to be asked is: Has Harry Kane outgrown Spurs?
Content to be in contention?
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have evolved into a top four side that can compete with the best the Premier League has to offer.
Having improved to finish second in the Premier League last season, many assumed the cheque book would be opened and Spurs would splash the cash for a sustained effort on the Premier League title.
What happened was a summer of frustration that saw their rivals buy wisely and questions asked of the man in charge upstairs at Tottenham, Daniel Levy.
With the impending move to their new stadium and having to play their home games at Wembley this season, the over-riding factor here is that it seems Spurs are content to be in contention, but not make that next step that many hope to see.
Whilst many clubs and players would give anything to consistently be in the mix, to take that next step would mean ambition and from afar it looks as though for the time being, that is something that is lacking.
Kane’s next step
What this means for a player with the talent and desire of Harry Kane, surely is that the England striker will ask questions of his future.
Does Kane need to move on to really become that once in a lifetime player that England are so desperate to find?
Or will Spurs match the ambition that lies in those special players that don’t come around often?
If Kane was to see his future elsewhere, then where would it lie?
There have been few that have taken the step of moving abroad to challenge themselves and even fewer have been successful.
However, one would only have to look at the success of former Spurs star Gareth Bale to see that going abroad is an option for those special players.
There are many that are reluctant to make the move abroad, particularly from the UK, and so options would surely lie at the big spending clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea who have all been linked with the star striker before.
In truth, though, Kane doesn’t seem the sort to jump ship to a Premier League rival, especially not one as hated as Chelsea. If a move was to materialise, it would be abroad only.
A watershed moment
Without a doubt, there seems to be a watershed moment coming in the career of Harry Kane.
If Spurs have the desire to compete with the very best, next summer is likely to be a big one for both Kane, who is likely to be on show at the 2018 World Cup, and the North London club, who need to show the ambition to keep the England star.
It remains to be seen and the future of Harry Kane is likely to be the big talking point over the coming months.
Ultimately, it will be the prolific England star that will decide if he has outgrown Tottenham.
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