By Andrew Gibney, Football Whispers
It’s September, which means Harry Kane has kicked off his season with a glut of goals.
Going goalless through August, the England striker now has six in four games and looks as deadly as ever.
Wednesday night was a great moment for both the player and his club. Taking on Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga league leaders, the 24-year-old fired home twice to not only give the home side three points in their opening Champions League clash, but end any talk of a Wembley curse.
Failure to beat both Chelsea and Burnley at the home of English football had everyone believing that it could be a very tough season for the North Londoners, unless their bad run was quickly ended.
Kane turned provider early on. It was his quick, incisive pass that sent Son Heung-min clear down the left flank and the South Korean winger dribbled his way inside before finishing at the near post.
Andriy Yarmolenko equalised before Kane took over again. His first finish was everything that has made the Spurs striker a feared forward. Muscling two Dortmund players off the ball, his run started at the halfway line before showing onto his stronger right, and finishing high with his left. It was a superb goal on the grandest stage.
This is what world-class players do. When they are needed, they step up, take over a game and make a difference in the final third.
It was the Englishman again who came through in the second half and put the game to bed courtesy of another left-footed finish finding the far corner. At 3-1 the game was over and Mauricio Pochettino’s star man had made the difference.
When we are talking about world-class players, that is exactly what is required. When the game was brought level, half of the fans inside Wembley must have thought they were in for another disappointing result.
Kane stepped up.
Spurs were poor in last season’s Champions League and he managed just two goals in three games. If the 24-year-old can stay fit, there’s no reason hecouldn’t match Edinson Cavani’s total of eight from last season’s competition.
If he gets near that level, not only will Spurs likely make the latter stages for the first-time since 2011, they would have a chance of emulating their run to the quarter-finals.
To repeat his haul of 29 goals in the Premier League, and push your team further in Europe, you should be classed as one of the best forwards in football.
There have been suggestions that Kane could be a contender to win the Ballon d’Or somewhere down the line.
In truth, to do that you need to win trophies. It’s hard to see that happening at Spurs any time soon.
Winning the Premier League is as difficult as ever this season. Both Manchester clubs look stronger and Liverpool and Chelsea are in contention. This is not to say it’s impossible, but with Spurs’ strict wage structure there is a ceiling to what they can achieve.
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FA Cups, League Cups, perhaps even a Europa League crown – all these are possible. But to lift the Premier League title, or win the Champions League, the sad truth is he would need to leave Spurs to achieve these feats.
However, this doesn’t mean the 24-year-old will force a move away from Spurs. He could be quite happy playing in the Champions League for the London club and continuing to score over 20 goals a season.
But if he has bigger ambitions outside of those very achievable goals, he would need to look elsewhere.
There are no guarantees any move inside of England would benefit him further. Yet, if Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG or Bayern Munich came calling over the next two or three years, the striker would have to consider jumping ship.
Playing for one of the elite clubs will take you to that next level and put you in the conversations for winning individual trophies like the Ballon d’Or. Then and only then would he be able to win league and European titles.