With back to back hat tricks in Tottenham Hotspur’s last two Premier League games, Harry Kane has now broken Alan Shearer’s long standing goal scoring record for the most premier league goals scored in a calendar year. Shearer’s record stood for 22 years.
Harry Kane not only broke the record he absolutely smashed it. He scored three more goals (39) than Shearer (36) and in six games less. An astounding achievement. And whilst “Calendar Year” stats may be dismissed by many an aggrieved rival fan, it should not be forgotten that Kane has won back to back golden boots in the Premier League; whilst also missing playing time through injury in both of the last two seasons.
Kane has bagged no fewer than six hat tricks in that time. West Brom, Stoke City, Hull and Leicester were the victims last season (he actually scored four at Leicester); with Burnley and Southampton suffering at his hands this season.
Kane only needed one goal to break Shearer’s record going into the Boxing Day game against Southampton. He needed a brace however, to become the highest scorer in the calendar year throughout Europe too when counting goals for club and country (excluding friendlies). The hat trick ensured that he finished ahead of Lionel Messi (54 goals), whilst also surpassing Robert Lewandowski with whom he was tied on 53. Kane finished with 56 goals and once again his goal ratio was excellent. He needed only 52 games to achieve his tally (1.08 goals per game) whilst Messi played 63 games (0.84 goals per game). Lewandowski’s ratio was closer having scored 53 goals in 55 games (0.96).
The fact that Kane plays for a club side that isn’t full of the expensively assembled stars and galacticos that some of the mighty European club sides have is further testament to his achievements. At age just 24 he is still prepared to work at his game and his manager Mauricio Pochettino stated in his post match press conference yesterday that ” we will help him to do better”. This is a clear warning to opposing team defences that there may be more to come from Kane which is an ominous thought.
Rumours will no doubt intensify now as to whether Tottenham are a big enough club to match his ambitions, especially as we approach another transfer window. However he has emphasised repeatedly that he is happy at the club for the foreseeable future. And while there are records to keep smashing at Tottenham, Kane’s self motivation will keep him focused. If Tottenham Hotspur keep progressing as a club then perhaps it will only be a matter of time before his silverware laden ambitions will be satisfied too.
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