Were it not for Erik Lamela’s ‘Rabona’ wonder goal, Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis would’ve hogged all the column inches in the aftermath of Tottenham’s latest Europa League victory.
The treble took the 21-year-old’s seasonal tally to five from just over 350 minutes of football, yet his achievements continue to be overshadowed by Hollywood names at White Hart Lane.
Despite his limited involvement in all competitions aside from the Europa League, Kane currently sits at the summit of the Spurs’ scoring charts, comfortably besting the combined tallies of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, the duo ahead of him in the pecking order, by two strikes.
With both first-choice frontmen misfiring and the Lilywhites far from flying domestically, Mauricio Pochettino must be seriously considering giving the Big Red Machine more Premier League playing time.
It’s without question that he deserves it, having been afforded just four substitute appearances totalling 41 minutes on the pitch so far.
Togolese totem Adebayor appears to be an immovable object in Spurs’ attack, despite a return of one goal from seven starts, while second in command Soldado is yet to beat an opposing keeper in the league.
Stoke are the only side currently residing in the top half of the division to have found the net with greater infrequency than the north Londoners.
Clearly, a change is required if they are to ever land that elusive top-four finish.
Kane’s overall Spurs scoring record reads one goal every three games, though the bulk of these appearances came from the bench.
His 2014/15 scoring rate warrants yet more plaudits; he’s rustled the net once every 70 minutes he’s been on duty.
These numbers must make it difficult for Pochettino to keep faith with the profligate pair he seems to favour.
If the Argentine gives Kane the nod from the start against Newcastle next, as he undoubtedly should, he’s very much worth backing at 5/1 to score first.