Harry Kane’s rapid rise to stardom did appear to come out of nowhere, didn’t it?
The England striker went from the third choice striker to Golden Boot winner in no time at all.
The day the world stopped to take notice of the unlikely hero was New Year’s Day 2015.
In the first half of the 2014/15 season, Kane was playing a bit-part role behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
The Spaniard only managed seven goals in his 52 Premier League games, while Adebayor scored two goals in his first 11 games that season.
Necessity is the mother of invention…
Mauricio Pochettino was left with little choice but to take a punt on Kane who had scored seven goals in ten Europa League starts.
The game which Kane went from a hot prospect to hot property came against bitter rivals, Chelsea.
The Blues were top of the table going into the half-way point in the season, having only lost once to Newcastle.
Spurs, on the other hand, were seventh in the League and 15 points off their London rivals.
While Kane had scored against the likes of Aston Villa, Leicester, Swansea and Burnley, he was yet to prove himself against one of the big boys.
And what better stage than against one of your greatest rivals?
Jose Mourinho’s side got off to a flyer with Diego Costa giving them the lead at a place the Chelsea fans used to refer to as ‘Three Point Lane.’
Step up Harry Kane…
The future Golden Ball winner danced around Oscar and Fabregas before cutting in and burying a 25-yard finish in the bottom corner.
Following Danny Rose’s goal, Kane was involved again, winning a penalty just before half time.
It’s hard to imagine him not taking up spot-kick responsibilities for Spurs, but in his early days he was below Andros Townsend in the pecking order.
The now Crystal Palace man scored to make it 3-1 before the break.
Kane’s second came seven minutes after the restart and if he first was good, this was magic.
John Terry, arguably the Premier League’s best ever centre-back, got skinned by the 20-year-old before he slotted past Thibaut Courtois again.
Three of the back four in the Premier League Team of the Year that season were Chelsea players, but on that cold January morning, they were made to look like pub players.
Even the most die-hard Spurs fan wouldn’t have predicted his meteoric rise following that game.
He ended the season as their top scorer with 31 goals, 21 of which came in the League.
Kane scored 16 in 18 league games following that triumph against Chelsea, cementing him as the new Golden Boy of North London.
One of their own…
Now captain of both Spurs and England, Kane is chasing his third Premier League Golden Boot to accompany his shiny shoe from Russia in the summer.
While Kane worked his socks off to get to where he is, there is one man he should be eternally grateful to.
Nope, not Pochetinno.
His former team-mate, Soldado.
Where would Kane be if he was any good?
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