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Harry Kane – The Goal Machine

What a year its been for Harry Kane.

The Englishman has risen through the ranks at White Hart Lane and after several loan spells the striker is now one of the first names on Mauricio Pochettino’s team sheet, and its no surprise.

Harry Kane

Kane has scored 14 goals in all competitions so far this season, including 4 goals in 13 appearances in the Premier League and is set to become only the second Spurs player to score 20 goals in a season since the start of the 2007/2008 season.

After making a handful of substitute appearances and spending time at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester in recent seasons, Harry Kane now finds himself as the main man at Spurs, especially with the recent poor goalscoring form of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.

After some impressive goalscoring displays in the Europa League, including a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli the academy graduate now finds himself first choice in the Premier League and is making the most of it.

Kane has scored 4 goals in just 731 minutes of Premier League football this season, averaging a goal every 183 minutes and has scored more Premier League goals than Adebayor (2) and Soldado (1) have combined.

Premier League Goals Scored This Season via Squawka.com
Premier League Goals Scored This Season via Squawka.com

Harry Kane (2.62) has also had more shots per game than both Adebayor (1.8) and Soldado (1.64) this season, hitting the target with 52% of his shots. However, Adebayor had the best shooting accuracy out of the three strikers with 64%, with Soldado coming in third with a not so impressive 35% of his shots hitting the target this season.

Shots Per Game and Shot Accuracy via Squawka.com
Shots Per Game and Shot Accuracy via Squawka.com

Kane has also converted an impressive 16% of his chances this season, with 31% of his shots on target finding the net. This is an improvement on both Adebayor and Soldado, who have converted 14% and 6% of their chances respectively.

As well as his goalscoring form, it is Kane’s work rate and enthusiasm that has endeared him to the Tottenham faithful. The was epitomised in Tottenhams recent game with Swansea, where Harry Kane not only scored the opening goal of the game, he also won 4 tackles, put in a man of the match performance and covered 13.1 Kilometres during the game.

Tackles and Clearances via Squawka.com
Tackles and Clearances via Squawka.com

Kane’s pressing and closing down of opposition defenders also offers more to Pochettino’s system than both Soldado and Adebayor. He has won more tackles and made more clearances than Adebayor and Soldado have combined, with Adebayor only winning 2 tackles all season.

It was Adebayors poor goalscoring form and reluctance to defend from the front that ultimately led to Kane to taking his place in the team and Spurs look a much better team without the former Manchester City striker.

Kane’s movement and confidence to take players on gives Tottenham that something a little bit different that they severely lacked when Adebayor was leading the line.

The Englishman has all the attributes to become a top striker for Spurs for seasons to come, his movement and work rate is second to none, he takes players on, is good in the air and best of all he is a natural goalscorer.

He is exactly what Spurs have been missing in recent seasons and I see no reason why he wont go on to become one of the top strikers Tottenham have had, well in recent seasons at least.

James Amey
James Amey
Head of the writers here on EPLIndex! Can also be found on Twitter - @jamesamey316
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