There are academy graduates included in squads across the Premier League, but it is Harry Kane who is performing the best of them all this season.
The England captain had a slow start but has now scored 15 goals and registered three assists in 31 appearances for Tottenham, during the campaign so far.
Son Heung-min is still Spurs’ top scorer in the league this season but Kane is just three goals away and has started to find his form again, under Antonio Conte.
With no real depth up front for the Lilywhites, the 28-year-old is yet again becoming a key part of the Italian’s line-up in every game.
After a summer of uncertainty for Kane, he struggled to make an impact under Nuno Espirito Santo, which was also partly down to the poor service he was getting from his teammates and Conte spoke about this as something that needed improving.
“It is important to have chances to score and we are improving a lot in this aspect,” he said in December. “I am sure Harry is going to score many goals.
“For sure, as a coach it’s very difficult to decide to keep Harry on the bench, but at the same time, when you play the way we played in the last period – six games in 17 days – every coach has to have the possibility to make rotations and don’t drop so much the level.”
Although the likes of Son and Steven Bergwijn have also been contributing in front of goal, there is still a heavy reliance on Kane.
This service that was lacking has started to improve for the three-time Golden Boot winner and there is hope that there will be even more creativity added, with the arrivals of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski on deadline day of the January transfer window.
Looking at the youth products from across the league, the England captain hasn’t disappointed and is the highest performing of them all, a study by BettingOdds.com has found.
The top ten players have had their wins, draws, losses, goals and assists taken into account and for strikers, shots have also been included.
For midfielders key passes have been taken into account and for defenders tackles and clean sheets. This has then been averaged out according to how many games they’ve played this season.
Looking at the performance of the players overall, Kane is top of the table and 0.9 points above joint second-placed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bukayo Saka, on average.
The Liverpool defender tops the rankings for best performing defender and Mason Mount is the top performing midfield academy graduate.
This also makes the 28-year-old the top performing youth product when looking at the top ten in the striker category, nine points ahead of the Arsenal centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette.
Kane has created seven big chances in the league this season, having 61 shots and making 22 clearances, showing his impact at both ends of the pitch.
After Tottenham’s FA Cup victory over Brighton on Saturday, in which the striker scored two goals, the England captain spoke about the impact the Italian has already had on the Spurs squad.
“He’s been brilliant. I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Kane admitted. “As a coach as a person, he’s really changed the mindset of a lot of players in the team.
“We’re working really hard on the training pitch and seeing the results out there on match days. So, that’s all the player’s can ask for.”
Spurs have a busy fixture schedule in the coming weeks and the 52-year-old will hope his main man up front can keep scoring goals and more importantly, stay fit.