Morning Editorial: Harry Kane Has Joined The Premier League’s Goalscoring Elite
A team does not need a title to show their class, although Tottenham Hotspur do crave one. Mauricio Pochettino’s men demonstrated their excellence at the King Power by swatting aside last season’s champions with regal aplomb and, in the process, Harry Kane struck four goals to enhance his chances of being crowned as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second season in a row. His tally for the campaign stands at 26, two more than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with one round of matches to go. They can’t catch Chelsea, but have no intention of halting their glory hunt.
When Kane went nine games with only one goal to his name at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign, some simply dismissed his 2014-15 as an anomaly. In that period, Kane noticeably struggled with both confidence and composure deserted him in the opposition penalty area. For most not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, a barren run without scoring is inevitable at some point in an attacking player’s career. Through these peaks and troughs, unkind opinions will be spouted and judgments made. Many decided though that Kane was indeed a one season wonder.
Kane has dealt with much worse – question marks over whether he was ever good enough for the Premier League, detractors trying to diminish his worth. For Kane, simply proving he belongs at this level has been a win in itself, but there must have still been lingering self-doubt in the autumnal months. His numbers alone speak for themselves.
Strictly looking at the modern era, his achievements are impressive. In the last 25 years of English football, only Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy have scored 20 plus times on three or more occasions in a 38-game season. Kane has joined that elite list, surpassing the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez – players who reached that number twice. Cristiano Ronaldo only did it once at Manchester United, while Michael Owen never managed more than 19. Of course, Ronaldo played his peak years elsewhere, but Kane also spent some time away from the top flight on loan. The Tottenham striker truly is on the cusp of greatness.