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Look at him now: Harry Kane and Leyton Orient

Look at him now: Harry Kane and Leyton Orient

Harry Kane. Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that the Tottenham star is one of the best strikers in world football.

His rise from Europa League squad player to the captain of England is one of the most inspiring from English football in recent years, and Kane has become an idol to many inspiring players across the country.

Which is why it’s even more remarkable to think that the man who Transfermarkt value as the fifth most valuable player in world football once spent half a season out on loan at Leyton Orient in 2011.

A young 17-year-old Kane, fresh off dominating for Tottenham’s under-18 side with 18 goals in 22 games, was shipped out on loan to the League One east London side in the January transfer window to gain his first minutes in professional football.

After putting up impressive numbers in the youth leagues with Spurs, Kane took to professional first-team football like a duck to water, scoring in only his second game for the O’s in a 4-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Being a teenager and new to the Football League, Kane was limited with the number of games he started at Orient, starting 11 games and making 18 appearances in total for the O’s.

Kane scored only five goals during his time in east London, his best game coming at home to Bristol Rovers where the teenage striker hit a brace in a 4-1 win for the O’s.

Of course, we all know what happened to both parties at the end of the loan spell. Kane went our on loan to numerous clubs before breaking into the Tottenham first-team and cementing his status as the starting striker for both club and country.

As for Orient, two relegations have seen the east London side languish in the National League for the past two seasons, although promotion back to the Football League looks likely this season with Justin Edinburgh’s side top of the table with two games in hand over their closest league rivals.

Orient fans, what do you remember about Kane’s loan spell? Let us know!

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