Welcome to the club Harry Kane. In Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool Kane scored Tottenham’s second goal from the spot, deep into stoppage time and in doing so joined this exclusive club.
It’s hard to doubt that Kane is one of the best strikers and best finishers in football today. Last year he broke the record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year and quickly followed by netting his 100th this year, but how far can he go?
Any young, in form English striker is at some point going to have the question asked about whether they can catch Alan Shearer’s goal scoring record. As we all know, Shearer is sitting pretty on top of the tree with 260 goals. To put that in perspective, Wayne Rooney has played in the Premier League from the age of 16 and has ‘only’ 208 goals to his name having played 35 more games. Yes I know it is hard to compare players that played at different times as the game changes so much. It’s like asking who is better, Messi or Pele?
Kane does have something going for him though. He may be bottom of the pile for goals scored but is top of the pops for goal ratio scoring 0.71 per game. Shearer only had a ratio of 0.59 and Rooney is further down the list with 0.44. Only Sergio Aguero is anywhere near Kane with a ratio of 0.69, with stats like this it can only be a good thing for Premier League fans.
So how far can he go? Let’s look at the rest of this season. There are 12 Premier League games left this season and assuming Kane maintains his scoring ratio there’s potential for 8 or 9 goals. 108 goals would place him sandwiched between Manchester Utd greats Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Not bad company I’m sure you’ll agree. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him join Emile Heskey or Dion Dublin with 110 and 111 goals respectively.
The problem for the Premier League and Tottenham fans could be lying in Spain. Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Real Madrid are interested in Kane’s services and considering his scoring record why wouldn’t they be? Can Tottenham keep hold of him? The trouble they have is Madrid are notorious for always getting their man, just ask David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo. They were lured away when Manchester Utd were the top dog in the Premier League. Spurs are getting closer but I don’t see them winning the league title in the next few years and realistically the FA cup is their only chance of silverware this year. Would an FA cup be enough if Madrid come calling? I don’t think so.
Another thing to ask in this World Cup year is, do England fans have a new striker to be excited about? We’ve been here many times before and cautious optimism may be needed. Rooney is England’s top scorer but with only 1 World Cup goal to his name, it’s fair to say he melted in the Sun at an international tournament. Maybe I’ll come back to this question in July.
For now, Spurs have their in form striker but I’m sure I speak for all Arsenal fans everywhere when I say, I hope he doesn’t add to his tally on Saturday…