Harry Kane reached 100 career goals on Saturday. David Smith analyses whether the Spurs forwards is one of the best strikers in Europe…
Harry Kane’s 23 minute hat-trick during Spurs’ 4-0 demolition of Stoke on Saturday brought his career tally to 100. His clinical masterclass was also capped off with an assist for Dele Alli for Tottenham’s fourth goal on the stroke of half time.
His performance led Mauricio Pochettino to label the Englishman as “one of the best strikers in Europe”, and the stats back up the Argentinian manager’s claims.
Kane has established himself as one of the most ruthless strikers in the Premier League in the last three seasons, and 84 of his 100 career goals have come in a Spurs shirt. In fact, he has scored more goals (63) than any other striker in England’s top flight since the 2014/15 season.
The 23 year old’s first two finishes on Saturday were excellent. He found the far bottom corner with a low drilled shot across goal, and his second was a superb finish on the half volley off his left foot. The third required a stroke of luck, as his free-kick took a major deflection on the way past a helpless Lee Grant.
Amazingly, it was Kane’s third hat-trick of 2017. It was also Kane’s fourth Premier League hat-trick in total for the North London club, more than any other player (Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe both managed three).
Mauricio Pochettino has praised his professional attitude, and it’s clear that Kane is a willing worker, and scores all types of goals. His importance to Spurs cannot be underestimated.
The club managed just two wins in 11 games without Kane during his absence through injury earlier this season, and struggled to find the back of the net without their talisman. The fact that summer signing Vincent Janssen appears to have a phobia of scoring goals only emphasizes Spurs’ reliance on their deadly striker.
His three goals on Saturday have drawn him level with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku atop the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals.
Only Michael Owen (110), Robbie Fowler (106), Wayne Rooney (86), Romelu Lukaku (77), and Cristiano Ronaldo (77) have bettered his tally of 66 Premier League goals before the age of 24, and it’s still five months until Kane’s birthday.
His international record is also impressive, but Kane struggled at Euro 2016, and was eventually dropped by Roy Hodgson after several non-existent performances at the fulcrum of England’s attack.
Kane also failed to make an impact in Europe for Spurs this season, though he did miss a large portion of Spurs’ European games through injury.
That said, the 23 year old cannot yet be compared to the likes of Luis Suarez, Antione Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski until he produces the goods consistently on Europe’s biggest stage. Kane has so far proved extremely loyal to Spurs, but it will be interesting to see how the England international reacts if one of Europe’s elite clubs come knocking in the coming years.
Kane has improved season on season, and it’s remarkable that he has reached 100 goals at such a young age. He’s already established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in England, and there’s no reason he can’t impose himself in Europe in the seasons to come, whether it is at White Hart Lane or elsewhere.
Spurs fans call him “King Kane,” and don’t be surprised to see him conquer Europe in years to come.