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Harry Kane – 10 Years at Tottenham

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Tottenham saw Harry Kane make a competitive debut in August 2011. He missed a penalty shot in a play-off for the Europa League against Hearts despite winning. At the time, across different clubs, he had four loan spells, albeit without much success.

However, under the direction of Mauricio Pochettino, he became established as the leading forward of Spurs. Now, captain of England, Kane represents one of the best strikers in modern sport, with his name known from the highest circle of football to the .

Although his penalty record is quite prolific in that he managed to score 47 out of the 55 shots he has taken, a key point for his best career highlights saw him missing a series of spot-kicks.

One particular example that stands out includes the Euro 202 semi-final when Kasper Schmeichel saved the effort of Kane before slotting in the rebound. Another includes his match against Hearts, taking place more than a decade ago. 

Just 18 years old, he fired a powerful shot against Jamie MacDonald, who still managed to save the right-facing spot-kick. This proved a particularly embarrassing debut for Kane and he then had to wait another 4 months before securing his first competitive score in Spurs. 

His status as a legend for Tottenham could have been drastically different if things had succeeded across the north part of London. He was able to join the youth academy of Arsenal at 8 years old before having to be let go for one brief season. However, Tottenham believed that Kane had the capacity to be a genius. 

Despite the accolades and goals that followed since his breakthrough career beginning in 2014, it wasn’t quite easy for the forward when trying to get established in the first team. Prior to his debut, he was sent to play for Leyton Orient in League 1 in addition to two other players. He did not manage to make much of an impression on them, but the son of the owner commented on how he has wondrously evolved over the years.

Following this, he was able to be featured in the Europa League up to 5 times, scoring his very first goal against Shamrock Rivers in Ireland during December 2011. Then, he was shipped again to the Millwall division.

Managing to score up to 9 times across 27 games, he became widely praised in the following years. Despite the various plaudits, the forward had to bide time before breaking into Tottenham’s first-team setup.

A small loan spell during the Premier League at Norwich with 0 goals, 5 games, and 13 appearances took no one’s attention. Still, Kane got a glimmer of hope at his club, and he managed to capitalize like no one ever did before.

During the start of the 2014-2015 season, he was provided a consistent position in the Europa League, scoring 7 goals across 9 appearances. Next, he thrived during the Premier League and scored 21 times. By March, he secured a spot in England, scoring on his debut with a first touch on Lithuania. 

By becoming the star of the game, he received two golden boots and guided Tottenham to the finals of the Champions League.

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