Harry Kane, PFA Young Player of the Year contender?

Tottenham striker Harry Kane once again got on the scoresheet for the Londoners in their 2-1 victory over Burnley at the weekend, following on from netting in the 4-0 win against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup. Kane, 21, has scored six goals in his last 11 games for the Lilywhites in all competitions, and he’s fast become one of the first names on the teamsheet for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor haven’t been providing the goals when they have spearheaded the attack, but Kane has taken his chance with both hands this season. An England U21 international (10 apps, 8 goals), the Tottenham academy product is knocking on the door of a call-up for the England national team, and is among the best young players in the division based on form.

Kane has scored 11 goals in all competitions for the campaign so far, averaging a goal every 101 minutes. He spent the last two years on a series of loan spells with Leyton Orient (2011), Millwall (2012), Norwich City (2012/13) and Leicester City (2013), and was finally given an opportunity to prove his worth with the first-team squad last season.

The 21-year-old is not only showing himself to be a ruthless finisher, he also creates chances for his teammates. Kane is also comfortable with the ball at his feet in deep areas. In recent weeks especially, the young English striker has showcased impressive dribbling ability to create his own scoring chances, and has shown reason to believe he can lead the line on his own for Tottenham.

While approaching the mid-point of the season, Harry Kane cannot afford to rest on his laurels, and still needs to continue his development this campaign. But with the form he’s on, there’s little doubt that he could find himself among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year as things stand.

He’s already in good company according to the bookmakers, with Eden Hazard (Chelsea), David De Gea (Manchester United), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) among the frontrunners. Harry Kane finds himself in the list of names following a dream start to the campaign in regard to his personal form. Kane has scored some important goals for Spurs too – bagging a hat-trick in the Europa League against Asteras Tripolis (October) and netting a late winner in the 2-1 victory against Aston Villa (November). His opener versus Burnley may well prove a catalyst for Spurs, who are beginning to show  signs of improved form.

He’s a regular in the starting eleven as a result of his consistent run in front of goal, and if Kane can continue with Tottenham this campaign, could the in-form striker find himself named PFA Young Player of the Season?

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