On this day in 2011, Tottenham hero Harry Kane came wading into the world of professional football for the very first time.
Exactly eight years, 309 games and 176 goals ago, it all began when the 17-year-old Kane came off the bench for Leyton Orient in a chilly 1-1 draw against Rochdale.
The young, ruddy-cheeked striker replaced Scott McGleish in the 73rd minute but didn’t manage to score on his debut.
Kane went on to make 18 appearances for Orient, scoring five times during the first of the four largely unspectacular loan moves he made away from Tottenham during his formative years.
It’s quite strange to think that he only really got going for Spurs in 2014/15, since when he’s become the first ever player in Spurs’ history to score 20 or more goals in five consecutive seasons, won two Premier League golden boots and top-scored at a World Cup.
Only Lionel Messi of Barcelona has scored more club goals (265 in 340 appearances) in the eight years after his pro debut, which is mind-boggling stuff.
Like Pies, anybody who witnessed Kane lolloping about aimlessly on loan at Leicester City as an ungainly 20-year-old couldn’t have even begun to imagine the astounding upturn which lay just around the corner.