When Tottenham began their Premier League season with an 1-0 win over West Ham, few would have expected that the man that Mauricio Pochettino would only throw on in the 83rd minute would turn out to be one of the league’s top goalscorers.
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Amazingly – given that he wouldn’t start a single game in the league until November – Harry Kane would go on to finish the season with more goals than anyone else, apart from Manchester City’s talisman Sergio Aguero. His 21 strikes have made him the surprise of the campaign, and brought him to the attention of Roy Hodgson, who handed him his England debut in March.
The pressure will now be on the 21-year-old to prove that this season was not a fluke, and he has it in him to be one of the top flight’s greatest strikers. Unfortunately, there are plenty of names – in a list compiled by the Daily Mirror – of players who never hit the heights of the standards they originally set.
The Zimbabwean made a pretty slow start to life in England when he moved to Portsmouth in January 2006, scoring seven goals in his first 18 months. However, he found some form in his second full campaign, scoring 15, including two hat-tricks.
Sadly, this was not the beginning of something special as he returned to his modest ways soon after, and took it around the country, with Manchester City, Blackburn, and Sunderland all thinking that they could the best out of him. This was not to be the case, and he returned to Portsmouth in 2011, where he managed one goal in 17 games.
Michael Bridges was one of the country’s most exciting strikers when he was coming through at Sunderland, and subsequently earned a move to Leeds in 1999 to become part of David O’Leary’s young side that briefly challenged for the Premier League title. He managed 19 goals in the league as the Whites finished third in 2000.
But, injuries meant that he was never able to fully deliver on his potential, so has slipped down the league pyramid, before disappearing off to Australia in 2009.
The 33-year-old was one of the Premier League’s original rags to riches stories, having spent much of his career in non-league football. It was his exciting display during an FA Cup defeat to Newcastle in 2005 – while playing for Yeading – that brought him to prominence, and he soon secured a move to Brentford.
His chance in the top flight came with Birmingham, but it was with Ian Holloway’s Blackpool where he really showed he deserved his opportunity in the big time. He scored 13 goals as the Tangerines came so close to surprising everyone and staying up. However, like Blackpool, his career has been in the decline ever since.