Harry Kane has had his fair share of problems, but who hasn’t? He is a 23 year-old, English striker with 50 Premier League goals. He has his whole future ahead of him. Many English fans were left exasperated after their Euro 2016 campaign. Kane was the scapegoat to many fans, berating him for the failure of the tournament. Granted, he wasn’t at his best at the tournament but neither was anybody else.
Anyway, I digress. Harry Kane reached 50 Premier League goals yesterday in Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Stoke. It took him a total of 90 games to reach this feat. Bearing in mind his drought last season, his loan spell at Norwich (granted it was only 3 appearances) and his substitute appearances for Tottenham at the early stages of his career (10), it is a very respectable return and sees him 11th on the list of quickest players to reach 50 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Robert Pires, Didier Drogba, Dennis Bergkamp and Michael Owen: he reached 50 goals quicker than these players, who are considered as legends of the game. Harry Kane not is a legend yet, but when he is quicker to 50 Premier League goals than these guys, it’s hard to say he won’t be. He was only 7 and 4 games shy of Thierry Henry and Luis Suarez respectively (who were older than Kane at the time.) This has to put him in the bracket as one of the current best in Europe.
Let’s compare Harry Kane’s scoring to other formidable forwards who have played throughout the years. In 12 years, Wayne Rooney has only scored 20 goals in a season twice; Harry Kane has already done that in 2 years. The 2001 Ballon D’or winner, Michael Owen, has only scored 20 Premier League goals in a season once. In fact, there are only 4 players who have done it more than twice, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry and Les Ferdinand. If Harry Kane scores 20 goals again this season, he will be amongst these world class players.
Fans from other clubs are always so quick to slate Kane after he has a bad game, but the facts stand. He is a young, exciting prospect who will go on to be one of the greats, I’m sure of it. He has to handle immense pressure from the English media, as do the rest, but it’s simple. He is a golden boot winner who has scored a hatful of goals over the last 2-3 years and is one of the quickest players ever to reach 50 Premier League goals. It remains to be seen whether he will break Alan Shearer’s record, I for one do not think so, but it is possible. Only time will tell.