Somewhat miraculously, Harry Kane fended off the Premier League’s finest footballer, Eden Hazard, to claim the PFA Young Player of the Year award for 2014/15.
Having won the same award open to the practitioners of all ages, Chelsea’s Belgian winger may be a little confused as to how he only came second in the junior ranks, but Tottenham’s England ace isn’t likely to mind.
In hoisting the gong Kane continued a rich tradition of Spurs prodigies to earn recognition from their peers in identical fashion, becoming the third Lilywhite in four years to have their name etched onto the award.
Current colleague Kyle Walker won it in 2011/12 then former teammate Gareth Bale had it decorating his mantelpiece a year later.
Hazard took the honours last season meaning this term saw him become the fifth different player this century to claim the top PFA prize after landing the youngster’s trophy originally.
A price of even-money say Kane’s fellow professionals will, akin to his Blues counterpart, vote him as the land’s best player at some point of his career, but a move away for White Hart Lane appears more likely at this stage.
The rationale behind such a statement is that those anointed as the country’s best young player tend to wind up caught in the tractor beams of the biggest fish around.
Of the previous ten winners of the award – a spell which stretches 11 years given Wayne Rooney’s claiming of the prize in consecutive seasons – six are no longer with the clubs who provided the platform for their success.
Scott Parker is the first name on the list and although his big club switch to Chelsea came midway through the 2003/04 campaign in which he won the accolade, few would debate his triumph was based around performances put in at Charlton.
He left Chelsea after one full season when it became clear that Jose Mourinho’s win-at-all-costs approach left no room for developing young talents at Stamford Bridge.
More recent winners didn’t take that long before packing their bags with James Milner (2009/10) and Gareth Bale (2012/13) leaving their respective clubs the summer immediately after landing the Young Player of the Year prize.
In total, five of the previous eight winners have since left the clubs they won the award at, with the longest time period before transfer being Cesc Fabregas’ three-year stay at Arsenal prior to his high-profile Barcelona switch, though this could’ve been sooner if the player had got his way.