When Harry Kane picked up an ankle injury against Manchester United in January, it is fair to say that Tottenham fans feared the worst: an enforced absence for the talisman would subsequently see the club lose ground in the race for this season’s Premier League title.

It was a view that was shared by both rival fans and pundits alike, the former crowing at the fact that the club were now weakened and the latter ready to fill column inches on the impending doom that was soon to follow for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

However, the expected demise of the North London outfit was perhaps too quick to be proclaimed and now those same pundits are asking whether or not Tottenham can actually go on to win this season’s title race.

This conversation has opened up after the club won four successive league encounters, a run of results that has since left them hanging dangerously on the coattails of nearest rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. 

What makes this recent momentum all the more impressive is that the quartet of league wins all came without their star striker even touching a blade of grass. And, with the news that Kane is almost approaching full fitness once again, the rest of the Premier League will soon be on notice once again.

The 25-year-old’s return will not only be a timely one, but also a huge shot in the arm for everyone connected to the club. Now, the belief that this group of players can go on and deliver silverware at the end of the season will have only grown further.

And a look at the current football betting suggests that Tottenham might just be in the best place to have a real say in the destination of the Premier League trophy. They currently find themselves at 25/1, although that price could soon shorten rapidly.

With Spurs having to face both Liverpool and Manchester City away from home in the upcoming weeks, we are set for some season-defining clashes; and, if results go their way, then they will no longer be the outsiders in what is now a three-horse title race.

The fact that Kane is not being discussed in player of the season circles suggests that he is perhaps not hitting the usual high standards that he sets himself. However, you get the feeling that now he is at the point of his career where it is more about winning team accolades rather than personal ones.

The forward, who has two Premier League Golden Boots to his name, is yet to earn a major trophy for Tottenham and when you consider the talents that he has at his disposal, it is an almost a criminal waste of talent.

That, of course, is not for the want of trying and until Kane does lift some silverware for his current employers, the endeavour displayed in his pursuit will not stop anytime soon. The question now is whether that pursuit will come to an end by reaching the Premier League summit in May?