Will Kane top Shearer’s record?
Frank Monkhouse | 12 June 2017
Spurs wonderkid on track to be leading scorer
Harry Kane finished this season as the Premier League’s leading goal scorer, winning the golden boot with a determined showing in the final month of the campaign, driving himself over the line.
With Everton assassin Lukaku leading the charts going into the final weeks, Kane fought back, scoring a jaw-dropping eight goals in four games to turn the tables. Dubbed one of the best strikers in the world, by club manager Mauricio Pochettino, and drawing plaudits across the board for his efforts in the white of Spurs and England, the prize-possession is on track to break all kinds of records.
Kane targets the century
Kane’s in no mood to pace himself either, telling reporters recently that he has set himself a target of 100 league goals before the end of next season. Following Sunday’s emphatic 7-1 win over Hull City at the KCOM to bring the curtain down, a match that saw him bag a hat-trick, he now stands with a record reading 78 league goals from 116 appearances. Deadly!
Only 26 players have reached that 100-goal mark in English top-flight history, and the way he is going, few would bet against Harry to break through the century with plenty to spare. Then beyond that number – what next?
The attacker’s exploits are made all the more remarkable by the fact he was out injured twice this season, missing a chunk of the action on each occasion. If it were not for those visits to the medial room, then he would surely have joined the elite of 30-goal a year strikers. Could Kane go on to become the Premier League all-time scorer? The stats certainly suggest he’s on course. Legend Alan Shearer has banged in an as yet unmatched 260 Premier League goals, during a 441-game career.
Could catch Shearer before he’s 30
Kane has age on his side, but he has a big few years ahead if he’s to keep pace with Shearer, the Newcastle ace scoring more than 30 goals a season for three years in-a-row, from the 1993/94 campaign onwards. If he couldn’t match that ratio, his current average of 26 goals per season means Kane would be 30 years old when he set a new record. Very achievable indeed, especially if he was to remain at Spurs, where he’d spend a large part of his career playing as the number one striker, the team’s attack built around him.
Our football traders have had their say, and if you think Harry Kane, fresh from retaining the golden boot, something only four other players have managed, will set the bar, we’ll give you a tempting 12/1.
If he does stay at his current employers, he’s a lot more likely to become their all-time leading scorer, and Kane etching his name into the White Hart Lane history books makes plenty of appeal at 8/1.