Harry Kane was maddeningly snubbed for the Premier League Player of the Season award, adding insult to injury for Tottenham Hotspur.
There’s no denying Ruben Dias’ impact on Manchester City since arriving from Benfica, but it’s almost impossible for one individual to add more to a side than Kane did. Spurs’ talisman was the first player in Premier League history to win both main offensive categories, claiming the Golden Boot and adding the top assists getter in for good measure.
Kane, in 35 appearances, scored 23 goals and added 14 assists. He was directly involved in 37 of Tottenham’s 68 goals, 54 percent of the side’s total goal count. That’s more than any other one player’s contribution to a team in the top flight. One cannot achieve better offensive numbers without being named the Premier League Player of the Season.
When evaluating who should have won the individual accolade, surely you have to look at the supporting cast and what each player meant to their respective team. While Spurs didn’t win anything this season, one can only imagine where the club would have been situated if not for Kane’s ginormous contributions.
He was easily the top flight’s most valuable player. City may have won the Premier League crown without Dias, though nobody can be sure of that assertion. The centre back provided an immeasurably important stabilizing force to a City side that were struggling mightily defensively before his arrival at the club. But City has the personnel to win trophies and titles without Dias’ services.
The same cannot be said for Spurs, whose over reliance on Kane has been well documented for at least half a decade. The only thing Kane didn’t do this season was win a trophy, which obviously hampered his chances of winning the player of the season award.
In what can only be described as a consolation for Spurs, Erik Lamela won the Premier League Goal of the Season award for his outlandish rabona against Arsenal at the Emirates. Had someone else won, a riot probably would have ensued, such was the utter magnificence and cheek of Lamela’s goal.
Kane being passed over was another injustice in a long line of injustices. And the news adds to an already solemn Saturday for Spurs supporters, who just yesterday found out that Antonio Conte is no longer in the running to become the club’s next manager.
A rash of bad news usually comes in threes, so one would postulate another negative development is forthcoming. That might also revolve around Kane, who is almost assuredly going to depart Tottenham at some point in the near future.