Harry Kane’s remarkable four goals against Leicester last night took his tally to 26 goals for the season, two clear of Romelu Lukaku and three from Alexis Sanchez in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, which would be his second in as many seasons. Kane is now the big favourite to add to his personal accolades and with Everton visiting Arsenal on the final day, it makes it difficult for either Sanchez or Lukaku to catch him.
“Harry Kane means a lot for the team. I tell you always that he’s one of the best strikers in the world. His performances show that we are right.” -Mauricio Pochettino.
After his world-class performance, Tottenham boss described Kane as “one of the best strikers in the world.” “Harry Kane’s a special player,” the Argentine said and, as music to the Spurs’ fans ears, “he loves Tottenham.” Disregarding the ‘one-season wonder’ labels and silencing those critics desperate to reduce Kane to a penalty or tap-in merchant, Kane has scored 20+ goals in the Premier League for the third consecutive season and over 25 for the second, becoming only the fifth player in Premier League history to do so. Simply phenomenal.
Harry Kane’s Golden Boot
He’s just getting a bit greedy now, isn’t he? It’s unfair for the likes of Lukaku and Sergio Aguero to compete in a league with Harry Kane and, on that note, the Tottenham star even decided to give his competitors a ten-game head start (scoring twice in his opening five then missing the subsequent five with an ankle injury), but nobody was able to capitalise. Since returning from injury, Kane has scored 24 goals in 24 games. Moreover, that record boils down to 18 goals in 16 games since the turn of the year, a record unmatched by anybody else in the Premier League.
The fact that Kane is favourite to win the Golden Boot for a second year in succession despite missing three months of the season is absolutely remarkable. He’s scored one more goal (26) than last year (25) despite playing 915 minutes fewer. It’s no surprise, therefore, that his minutes per goal ratio (94) is the best of any player in the Premier League to score more than six goals.
Last night was also Kane’s fifth hat-trick in his Premier League career (fourth this season alone), but the first time he’s scored four times in one match, underlying the argument that this has been his best season thus far, something that the player himself as recognised. “This is my best season,” Kane said in his post-match comments. Commenting on his goal tally for the campaign, he reflected that it “probably could have been more” had he stayed fit. If Kane captures the Golden Boot again, which is highly likely, it’s fully deserved. “There’s still one game to play,” Kane said, “so I’m not resting on my laurels.”
Too late for Lukaku & Sanchez
With the two closest challengers, Lukaku and Sanchez, playing one another in this weekend’s Premier League finale, it’s unlikely either will catch Kane barring a remarkable performance. A few weeks ago, Lukaku seemed to have the award wrapped up after his 13th goals in ten games against Burnley, the ninth consecutive home game in which he’d scored. However, he’s since failed to score in four matches, his most barren run of the entire season. His hopes of winning, or sharing, the award rest on whether he can score twice against in-form Arsenal. Shame.
It would be foolish to rule Sanchez out completely given his recent form of four goals in three games, but the Chilean needs three goals at least against a fairly resilient Everton side. His only hat-trick of the season came at West Ham in December, whilst one goal in five games against the Toffees isn’t the most encouraging of statistics. Both have their work cut out should they want to take Kane’s Golden Boot away from him.
“One of the world’s best”
After three seasons in Tottenham’s first team, there’s little doubt left over Kane’s ability. One-season wonder, tap-in merchant, penalty merchant. Absolute nonsense. What we’re witnessing is one of the best strikers in the world taking their place amongst the elite. Critics may point to a lack of silverware, but Kane is part of a blossoming Spurs side on the cusp of tangible success.
Trophies will come as long as Kane keeps scoring. In terms of personal achievement, Kane already has four Premier League Player of the Months, three spots in the PFA Team of the Year, a PFA Young Player of the Year and one Golden Boot with a second on its way. He may not have lifted the Premier League just yet, but that’s a commendable haul of individual accolades.
Ultimately, it’s a stretch to say Kane is the best striker in Europe –his goals per game ratio this season (0.94) is dwarfed by that of Lionel Messi (1.06) and Edinson Cavani (1), though it is better than Cristiano Ronaldo (0.86) and Luis Suarez (0.82), even though statistics can be misleading-, but to argue that Kane’s on his way to the top is no understatement. Undoubtedly, he’s been the best striker in the Premier League this season.
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