Harry Kane vs. Souleymane Coulibaly - Tale of the Tape

AND IN THE RED CORNER, HAAAAAAAARRYYYYYYY ... SUGAAAAAAAR ... KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE
Robbie Keane is gone, trading in the rain of North London for sunny (and wife-pleasing) Los Angeles. In his stead, Tottenham is left with just three strikers--Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, and Roman Pavluychenko.

But this is a season that will test Tottenham to compete not only in what may be the fiercest battle in league history to finish top-4, but also a dense Europa League schedule. It is clear that Tottenham will need an injection of some fresh legs at striker. 

These have been some decades of dark years in the academy at producing forwards. Peter Crouch was the last good Spurs forward to come out of the academy, only it took him 10 years away to benefit the club. Before that... Mark Falco, who debuted in 1978.

But currently, there are two bright teenagers that look to be future dynamos of the first team: academy product Harry Kane and the recently acquired Souleymane Coulibaly. Both look future stars, but who's the man of the present right now for Spurs? Let's go to the tale of the tape:    

Tale of the Tape: Harry Kane vs. Souleymane Coulibaly

Category Kane Coulibaly Advantage
Age 18 16 Kane, it’s going to be awkward when Souleymane can’t even get into the bars for Ledley’s benders
Height 6’ 1/2" 5’ 7.5" Kane, it’s nice when your strikers can ride the big roller coasters
Speed Fast Blinding Coulibaly
Shares A Last Name With Charles Foster Kane  Worst Referee Ever Kane
Club Performance 5 goals in 18 appearances for Leyton Orient Uh… played a couple of times for the Siena U-19s Kane
International Performance He’s English, of course he hasn’t won anything U-17 World Cup Golden Boot Coulibaly
Best Highlight Uh… free kick with reserves Bicycle Kick vs. Brazil  Coulibaly
Nickname Harry "Sugar" Kane (™ me) New Drogba Kane, Coulibaly’s is stupid and he’s half Drogba’s size
Key Skill Finisher Being Skilled Coulibaly

 

Verdict: Going forward, there is no doubt in my mind that Coulibaly is the bigger talent and has more potential. He's only 16, has a fairly complete game, and some elite goal scoring ability. But he's still developing, and getting forced into some important knockout competitions may add some unneeded stress to his adjustment to the English game.

Kane, however, already has experience at the English club level, battling for promotion last year with Orient. He's older, more mature, and has his head in the right place from all reports. He's played with the first team in preseason and fit in to rave reviews. Kane compares favorably to be the club's new Teddy Sherringham, but he could just as easily be another phenom that fails to meet expectations. 

When it comes to the guy who can be that X-Factor at striker this year. Kane is the guy. But what do you think?

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