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What happened in Harry Kane’s three-game Premier League stint at Norwich?

Harry Kane hit 100 goals for Spurs but it's easy to forget that his first real taste of Premier League football came at Norwich

Arsenal academy? Tick. Millwall’s Young Player of the Year? Tick. Norwich club legend? Maybe not.

Harry Kane joined the Premier League’s 100 club when he scored against Liverpool, but can you remember where it all started out?

Having made a four-minute Premier League debut for Spurs in a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle on 18 August 2012 Kane was sent out to Norwich to prove himself.


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100 up

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100 up

Previous loan spells to League One’s Leyton Orient and Championship side Millwall has been promising but not complete successes.

Norwich were in their second season back in the Premier League after promotion from England’s second division and boasted what Your Da would call a ‘proper’ bunch of forwards.

Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Chris Martin and Steve Morison had all done their apprenticeships in the lower leagues, turning out for the likes of Rushden & Diamonds in the Conference.

But you’d think a man, or boy, who would go on to become Spurs’ record Premier League goalscorer would have no troubles breaking into Norwich’s first-team at the expense of Holt.

No offence, Grant.

Not a man you’d relish going shoulder to shoulder with

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Not a man you’d relish going shoulder to shoulder with

Game 1: Norwich 0-0 West Ham

Kane’s first taste of Premier League action with Norwich came up against West Ham’s back four of Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien, James Collins and Guy Demel on 15 September.

When Jackson, Holt and then Morison had failed to trouble one of the Premier League’s poorer defences Kane was thrown on. Nineteen minutes to show what he could do.

He missed two chances but Norwich boss Chris Haughton was impressed, saying: “He’ll learn a lot from this experience. I think he will be a super player.”

Lighting up the Premier League

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Lighting up the Premier League

Game 2: Norwich 3-4 Man City

An broken metatarsal against Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup meant Kane’s second Premier League appearance had to wait until 29 December.

Edin Dzeko put City 2-0 up with only four minutes played but Anthony Pilkington pulled a goal back after 15 minutes and Samir Nasri headbutted Sebastian Bassong a minute before half-time.

Kane was thrown into the action at half-time but could only watch as Sergio Aguero made it 3-1 to the 10 men.

Russel Martin then scored an unlikely double either side of a Mark Bunn own goal and the game ended 4-3. Still no goal for Kane.

Brave from Garry Barry there

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Brave from Garry Barry there

Game 3: West Ham 2-1 Norwich

Kane’s third Premier League appearance for Norwich was a second appearance against West Ham, who’d swapped James Collins for James Tomkins.

He made a first Premier League start but was whipped off after 70 minutes with Norwich trailing 2-0.

Kane was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty but the search for a first Premier League goal continued.

He’s nailed the last minute loss look

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He’s nailed the last minute loss look

That first Premier League goal wouldn’t come at Carrow Road.

After a disappointing January transfer window Andre Villas-Boas recalled Kane.

But with Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale knocking around chances were scarce.

‘Just stick it in the net Jermain’

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‘Just stick it in the net Jermain’

Kane was sent back out on loan, this time to Championship outfit Leicester, just a month after returning to White Hart Lane.

He scored twice in 15 games but spent most of his time in Leicester on the bench alongside another forward who was struggling to make the grade- Jamie Vardy.

It took the sacking of Villas Boas and the subsequent hiring of Timothy Alan Sherwood for Kane to find his feet at Spurs.

Kane netted his first Premier League goal against Sunderland on 7 April 2014 and the rest is told whenever Sherwood pops up on TV.

It was his ninth Premier League appearance.

So when Kane eventually has a statue outside of Wembley just remember who to thank.

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Name a better gilet

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