COMMENT: Having slogged his way through the lower leagues and into Tottenham's number nine shirt, Harry Kane's remarkable rise to prominence is rarely talked about anymore as the football world is now fixated on his consistency.
Time and time again, talk of Kane being a flash in the pan over the years have been dismissed by his repeated success in front of goal, and now we all know for sure that the 24-year-old is a goal machine.
In banging in goals on a consistent basis, Kane has essentially surpassed the price tags placed on Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba's services and soared into the realm of Coutinho and Neymar, more the latter than the former considering the profound effect he's had on his side since he pulled on to the scene.
Thus far, Salah has been the most talked about player in the Premier League, and with good reason given he's tearing defences to shreds in a Messi-esque manner. But Kane doesn't need an epistle recited about him every week, he's been in the English top-flight for years and maintained an insane level of prolificacy.
If anything, we've watched Kane consistently score goals for so long that we're used to it so much so that most of the praise he gets is a reiteration of his status as the Premier League's best striker.
At the moment if Salah is the Egyptian Messi, Kane is the English Ronaldo. Not the CR7 of old who utilised every skill move known to man, but the Ronaldo who refined his play to become more direct and prolific.
With the Portugal international now showing signs of a decline, Kane appears to be his only possible replacement having, in some form, outgrown Tottenham as well as the Premier League.
The only English sides that can afford to splash big on Kane are Manchester City and United with the latter being his sole plausible Premier League destination (as City already have Gabriel Jesus), and even United for all their wealth and prestige don't have the power to lure him to Old Trafford considering they're still going through a transitional period and Real Madrid are keen on signing him.
Daniel Levy probably won't even sanction such a deal as losing Kane to a domestic rival regardless of the price would still represent a big loss on Tottenham's part.
So far this term, Kane has scored more league goals than any other player (yes even more than Messi and Lewandowski) in Europe's top five leagues (23). He's scored nine with his left, nine with his right and five with his head, thus exemplifying his completeness as a striker.
The 24-year-old is, at the moment, the best striker in the world – his record speaks for itself and at a team like Real Madrid where he'd be surrounded by the likes of Isco, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric, he's likely to score an astronomical amount of goals every season.
With each passing season it becomes glaring that Tottenham are still far away from winning major silverware. Spurs certainly get better every season, but so do most of their rivals, thus resulting in an impenetrable wall blocking their path to major silverware – the wall is further strengthened by the club's inability to hold on to their best players due to their wage structure and the promise of trophies elsewhere.
Although Spurs are still in with a shout of winning Europe's elite cup competition, they're probably not going to go all the way simply because whilst they may have taken the fight to Juventus at Turin, the second leg could be a different affair with Dybala likely to come into the picture.
Even if they do get past the Round of 16, in the latter stages, when the stakes are high and Spurs are drawn against the likes of Bayern Munich, Mauricio Pochettino's men are likely to come up short. And regardless, this is Tottenham's best opportunity to take a shot at winning the Champions League, this is also an chance for Kane to improve his reputation by netting against Europe's biggest sides.
If by some miracle, Spurs manage to lift the Champions League, Kane would be even more likely to leave the north London outfit for Madrid, as he would've effectively endeared himself to Los Blancos by leading Tottenham to Champions League glory, and a result, prompting Florentino Perez to break the bank for him.