Last season saw Harry Kane’s career blast off like the latest launch out of Cape Canaveral, but will the young Tottenham striker find that form so easy to emulate?
The 22-year-old marksman is 14/1 fourth-favourite in the Premier League top-goalscorer betting ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
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Will he step up on his debut year to claim what could be the first of many boot-shaped baubles? Here’s how he measures up against our key indicators.
Premier League Pedigree
A smattering of underwhelming loan spells and three goals at the end of 2013/14 were no harbinger of the kind of destruction Kane wrought last term.
His 21 strikes put him among the top ten league goalscorers in Europe.
The Premier League is hardly littered with tales of one season wonders, but he will find things that bit harder now he has been the subject of greater study by opposition scouts.
When it comes to the White Hart Lane pecking order the Englishman is king cockerel, to his rivals’ shell-splattered hatchlings.
Game-but-useless trier Roberto Soldado and sent-to-Coventry Emmanuel Adebayor have both been linked with moves away all summer too.
Only the Cesc-Fabregas-to-Diego-Costa supply line made more goals than Kane scored via the assistance of Nacer Chadli last term, while Christian Eriksen was inside the divisional top-ten for key passes.
The addition of irrepressible cross machine Kieran Trippier over the summer should up the level of service from the right flank too.
A first full season of Premier League and Europa League commitments, followed by a curtailed recovery period after the European Under-21 Championships must be a worry for his backers.
Matching last season’s effervescence will be all the harder as a result, while a lack of good quality backup will subject his powers of recovery to even greater scrutiny.