Why Harry Kane is worthy of being called as one of Europe’s finest strikers?


At the beginning of 2015/16 season when Harry Kane had scored just 1 goal in 9 games, Premier League fans had tipped the Spurs striker to be one the one-season wonders who was certain to fail after an incredible first season in top flight.

Kane’s response to those vague claims was emphatic after the 22-year old striker went on to score 20 goals in his next 22 appearances for Tottenham. After such an explosive goal-scoring run, Kane is currently Premier League’s top scorer going pass Jamie Vardy’s 19 strikes this season.

What is intriguing about Kane’s exploits is his impact on Tottenham’s season. Kane has scored 21 goals so far this campaign which is 38% of the total 56 goals scored by Maurcio Pochettino’s men in Premier League.

Amid these numbers, we went ahead and compared Kane’s statistics with Europe’s finest goal scorers and the results were more than impressive for the Tottenham man.

Harry Kane is worthy of being called as one of Europe's finest strikers
    Kane’s goal scoring compared against Europe’s top goal scorers

By all means, Kane is leading Tottenham’s charge towards an unlikely and historic Premier League triumph. Along with Neymar, Kane is the one of the youngest strikers to feature on this list where he is surrounded by some of the elites of European football.

At present, Kane is not regarded as one of Europe’s best strikers but these numbers must put him in the bracket of being one of modern game’s most potent goal scorers. While I was dwelling on Kane’s numbers for the season, I somehow felt that there is more to Kane’s game than just goals.

So I went ahead and compared detailed stats of Kane’s 2015-16 season against Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the result was more than a surprise.

Harry Kane is worthy of being called as one of Europe's finest strikersIn terms of shot accuracy and key passes, Kane is the best in Europe, however, on the other parameters where he came up short, Kane was not too far behind either. These numbers are certainly encouraging signs for Premier League and Tottenham.

Kane is still learning his trade while rest of his compatriots are established strikers of the modern game. If Kane is able to find his place among these greats at present, he can only hope to get even better in coming seasons.

There are 8 games left in Premier League season and seeing how Kane has been grabbing brace after brace in recent games, we can expect him to hit a 30-goal campaign in his just second season in top flight.

Whether Kane manages to take Spurs to their first ever Premier League title is a different question for a different time, however, there should not be any argument about him being one of Europe’s finest strikers at present.

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