Harry Kane making huge strides to becoming Premier League’s all-time leading scorer

At the tail end of the 2015/16 season we assessed whether or not Harry Kane was on track to become the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer. Nine months on and Kane has been in incredible form. He’s the league’s top scorer for the season with 19 and the confidence of the England international is there for all to see.

So how do Kane’s stats compare to the end of last season?

Quite simply, Kane is even better. The 23-year-old goal-machine had a 0.57 goals per game ratio when we last assessed his performance levels and as predicted he is continuing to improve. Kane has now scored 68 goals in his 108 Premier League games, a ratio of 0.62 GPG.

As previously mentioned, Alan Shearer, the current record holder, ended his career with 260 goals in 441 Premier League games. His scoring ratio was 0.58 GPG, which Kane has now surpassed. While it’s obvious Kane’s scoring ratio will change as the games pass, he is on course to better Shearers record.

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How long will it take him to break the record?

This is almost an impossible question to answer, however with a slightly different method than we did before we can work it out hypothetically. Kane is 192 goals behind Shearer and has played 333 games less. The goals per game ratio needed to score 192 in 333 games is 0.57 – an output Kane is currently bettering by 0.05.

If Kane were to continue on 0.62 GPG ratio he would score a further 206 goals in those 333 games. This hypothetically means if he played the exact same amount of games as Shearer on his current ratio he would score 274 league goals, breaking the record.

So does he have the games available?

Shearer was 35 when he retired. Kane is now 23 and his birthday always falls between Premier League seasons. With that in mind he has 11 years come the start of next season to reach Shearer’s retirement age, so 11 more seasons including the reminder (11) of this to play. That would offer 418 games plus the 11 from this season, so 427 games.

On his current ratio Kane would need 310 games to score 192, so he has 118 games to make up the difference if he gets injured or has a dry spell.

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Will he break the record?

There are no guarantees Kane will break the record, he could leave the Premier League altogether or have his career cut short through any number of reasons. All that can be said is with the stats mentioned Kane is in a strong position and he will be focused nothing but each passing game.

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Could Harry Kane become the all-time Premier League top scorer?

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has had a fantastic Premier League season and is on track to win the Golden Boot with one game to play. The Englishman has netted 25 goals and Lewis Addley explores whether or not he could become the all-time leading goalscorer in Premier League history…

Harry Kane’s Premier League goalscoring record currently stands at 49 goals in 85 games, giving him an average of 0.57 goals per game.

Alan Shearer remains the all-time leading goalscorer in Premier League history, scoring 260 over the course of a stellar career with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United from the 1992/93 season until he retired aged 35 at the end of the 2005/06 season.

Kane is only young but has already been compared to Shearer on several occasions for his direct and attacking play style, so lets have a look at how the two compare by their Premier League statistics respectively.

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Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record compared to Harry Kane

As we can see in the table above, the standout comparison to be made is in the form of ‘goals per game’. The two strikers can barely be separated in this respect, with Shearer just edging it by averaging 0.01 more goals per appearance.

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So how can we hypothetically test the theory of Kane potentially equalling Shearer’s record at this early stage?

First of all we can minus Kane’s current statistics from his career so far from Shearer’s overall statistics. Using that method allows us to have an idea of what Kane would need to do to equal Shearer over the next decade or so.

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Games and goals remaining for Kane to equal Shearer’s record

As we can see, Kane will hypothetically have 356 Premier League games to score 211 goals if he was to equal Shearer’s tally of 260 league goals. This would require him to increase his goals-per-game output by 0.02.

Harry Kane will be 23 come the start of the next Premier League season. Shearer retired aged 35. This gives another hypothesis to explore. The remaining time Kane has to reach Shearer’s retirement age is 12 years, potentially giving him 12 Premier League seasons to shine in.

A total of 12 more Premier League seasons would allow for a maximum of 456 games. This would allow Kane to miss 100 games across 12 seasons to factor in the likelihood of time spent on the sideline through injury, suspension, illness or any other reason.

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We must mention that we are only working with hypothetical statistics here, as Kane could move from the Premier League, play less games because of injuries, or more games by enjoying a longer career than Shearer.

While we aren’t suggesting that Kane is or isn’t going to beat Shearer’s record, the stats we have looked into offer an interesting talking point.

Providing Kane remains fit and able to continue with his current scoring ratio, he does hypothetically stand a very good chance of reaching or even surpassing 260 goals in the Premier League.

Do you think Kane has the potential to become the all-time leading goalscorer in the Premier League? Will Alan Shearer’s record ever be broken?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: St James’ Park – Sunday, May 15 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle 16/5 – Draw 11/4 – Tottenham 4/5

Match Preview

Newcastle United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St James’ Park on the final day of the Premier League season, a campaign which could have offered more for both of these sides, who find themselves at either end of the table.

The home supporters will be bitterly disappointed to have been relegated in midweek but will need to be behind their side for the last time in the Premier League for at least a season. They come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw with fellow relegated side Aston Villa.

Newcastle have nothing to play for here but pride. They need to go out with a strong performance and are capable of doing so, having not lost in their last five. Form has been good but it has come a little too late.

This could be Rafa Benitez’s last game in charge of the club. He has made a positive impact but couldn’t quite steer Newcastle to safety. If the club can tempt him into staying on as manager they stand a great chance of coming straight back up next season.

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Tottenham come into this one off the back of their 2-1 home loss to Southampton, a game they were winning, which ended an eight-game unbeaten run and followed the disappointment of officially missing out on the league title a week earlier at Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to avoid defeat here to secure a second place finish ahead of rivals Arsenal. Although Spurs have missed out on the title, it has been a very impressive season and there is plenty to be excited about for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham need to go out with a win here and look forward to next season. They have a lot to look forward to and can mount another challenge for the title next campaign if they play with the same intensity from start to finish.

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Newcastle actually beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture, coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a 90th minute Ayoze Perez goal. However, Spurs have only lost one of their last five trips to Newcastle and will be confident of sealing at least a point.

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Newcastle’s injury woes have overshadowed a gruelling campaign. Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Rob Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini all remain injured as Rafa Benitez prepares to name the club’s final Premier League lineup for at least a season.

Tottenham have just one injury concern as Nabil Bentaleb remains out. Both Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli are suspended and won’t feature. Ryan Mason is expected to partner Eric Dier in midfield again, while Heung Min-Son will hope to keep his place ahead of Nacer Chadli in behind Harry Kane.

Key Points

Newcastle’s last five: W/D/D/W/D

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 away matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman has had a great season and will be battling with fellow countryman Jamie Vardy, as well as Sergio Aguero on the final day for the golden boot. Kane has 25 goals for the season and is ahead of Vardy by one.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs to sign off with a win and give Newcastle United fans an all too familiar feeling with another loss this season. Both have endured contrasting seasons and the gulf in class is likely to be apparent here.

Sebastian Giovinco sets MLS record as he scoops double award

Sebastian Giovinco has won the 2015 MLS Golden Boot as well as leading the league in assists to cap off what has been a sensational debut season in Major League Soccer for the Toronto star.

The Italian forward joined Toronto from Juventus during the offseason in one of the most exciting deals in MLS history and he didn’t disappoint.

He has scooped the Golden Boot award with 22 regular season goals and has also taken the assist title with 16. Kei Kamara also netted 22 times but Giovinco’s superior assist tally acts as the tiebreaker.

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The ‘Atomic Ant’ becomes the first MLS player to ever lead the league in both goals and assists at the end of the regular season and he has also become the first ever Toronto player to lead MLS in assists.

His 22 goals in one campaign also eclipsing Toronto’s previous record set by Dwayne De Rosario (15) in 2010.

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Toronto FC will now enter their first ever MLS Cup Playoff run with an away game to Montreal Impact on Thursday night. They lost 2-1 to the Impact on Sunday and will need to improve if they are to make it past the knockout round.

With Giovinco in their side they can never be ruled out and the tricky attacker will now look to fire the Reds to MLS Cup success at the first attempt.

Is Sebastian Giovinco Major League Soccer’s most dangerous player ever?

Brazil legend Pele heaps praise on scintillating Spurs star

Brazil’s legendary striker Pele is one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game and so he knows a good forward when he sees one. And in his eyes, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is one of them.

The Spurs star has been in scintillating form this season and has just earned his first England call-up as a result. Pele has offered some advice to Kane and compliments don’t come much better than from Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer.

“I think he is an excellent young player,” Pele told Press Association Sport. “He could be a good one for the English team.”

Kane added a further three goals to his season tally with a hat-trick in this afternoon’s 4-3 home win over Leicester City in the Premier League, proving once more that he is worthy of Pele’s comments.

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He has now scored an astonishing 29 goals in all competitions this term, 19 of those in the league.

But Pele thinks Kane has to remain grounded if he is to continue to improve as a player.

“Tell him never think he can be the best. Always he has something to learn. That is my advice.”

Kane is quickly being regarded as one of the best players in the country and has now scored more Premier League goals this season than any other striker.

His confidence is sky-high and he showed his cool once again to slot home from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Kane has a great chance of winning this season’s Golden Boot and will be itching to make his England debut, looking to shine on the international stage in the coming week.

Is Harry Kane the best striker in the Premier League?

Kane and Giroud most productive Premier League strikers in 2015 so far

Another entertaining weekend of Premier League fixtures saw yet more twists and turns in the race for the title, European qualification and the battle to avoid relegation with strikers playing a key part once again.

Every club knows how important it is to have a talisman consistently leading the line to an excellent standard in order to reach the targets each club sets, whether it be winning the league or purely league survival.

The 2014/15 season has seen new stars emerge and make a name for themselves such as Englishmen Harry Kane and Charlie Austin, to name just two that have been an excellent revelation.

So how has each Premier League striker fared in 2015 since the turn of the year three-and-a-half months ago?

Premier League goal contribution in 2015 (showing only strikers who have contributed a minimum of five goals this year)

Premier League goals contribution in 2015 (showing only strikers who’ve contributed a minimum of five goals this year)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been the stand-out performer with an incredible 11 goals in ten games to go with his two assists.

The list of original superlatives left to describe the 21-year-old is running very thin indeed and he will surely be in with a big shout for Premier League Player of the Season.

Kane has played a part in nine of Tottenham’s last 14 Premier League goals and who knows where Spurs would be without him?

Arsenal‘s Olivier Giroud has contributed the next most goals out of any striker in 2015 having netted six and assisted three.

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The big Frenchman is often subjected to criticism, particularly when he was hauled off after 60 minutes in the first-leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 game against Monaco when he had what can only be described as a nightmare performance.

Take that game out of the equation though and Giroud has been excellent for the Gunners since returning from injury in November and has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

Diego Costa notched another goal on Sunday in Chelsea‘s 1-1 draw with Southampton taking his 2015 tally to five. The Spaniard is the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 18 goals.

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Love him or hate him, Costa has undoubtedly been one of the star performers. The Blues are in an excellent position to ensure they win the title this season and his goals are certainly one of the reasons why.

Sergio Aguero, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino have been the next most productive strikers in 2015, while Charlie Austin has managed three goals from nine appearances this year and also remains the fourth top-goalscorer overall in the league with 15. The race for the Golden Boot looks set to go to the wire.

Will Harry Kane end the season as the Premier League’s top scorer?

Much has been made of the brilliant form of Harry Kane this season and Lewis Addley explores whether he can win the Premier League golden boot this year…

Having already notched 23 goals in all competitions for Tottenham so far this season there seems to be no end to Harry Kane‘s goalscoring habit.

As we know, he isn’t just finding the net against smaller teams but banging them in past the big sides in the Premier League too and has bagged a brace against both Chelsea and Arsenal already this season.

He is only four goals behind top scorer Diego Costa (17) in the league on 13 goals and he still has plenty of games ahead to make up the difference and overtake whoever is in front of him.

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Kane has bagged five in his last three including the crucial winner in the North London derby and with Tottenham Hotspur taking on West Ham United this Sunday lunchtime you wouldn’t bet against him finding the net again.

Spurs have a high volume of games as they balance domestic commitments alongside European games in the UEFA Europa League and although fitness is always a factor, Kane has the hunger to play every game and the desire to score goals seems to give him that boost in each appearance.

How Harry Kane compares statistically to with the other top scorers in the Premier League after 25 games (Stats via Squawka)

How Harry Kane compares statistically to with the other top scorers in the Premier League after 25 games (Stats via Squawka)

His two goals in the dramatic 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Years Day were pivotal to proving to any remaining doubters that he really does mean business and has what it takes to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

With 13 league games remaining Kane has plenty of time to add to his tally and with his confidence sky-high there is little doubt that he will continue to do so. Pulling rank to take penalties gives Kane even more opportunity for goals and he appears to be unstoppable at this moment in time.

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Kane has a wide variety of dimensions to his game, as we have seen this season, and that gives the 21-year-old forward that edge over many other goalscorers in the league. Whether it be strikes from range long or quick thinking in the box he is scoring all types of goals.

Kane’s confident approach to games and his professional attitude certainly gives him a good chance of winning the Golden Boot come the end of the campaign.

Do you think Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot in the Premier League this season?

Weighing up the 2015 MLS Top Scorer Candidates

As we draw closer to the new campaign Lewis Addley has a look at who could be the top goalscorer come the end of the 2015 season. In no particular order here are the top five candidates, followed by a selection of those who will hot on their tails.

  • Bradley Wright Phillips: The New York Red Bulls goal machine has to be a considered once again. His record-tying 27 goal tally in the regular season last time out was an astonishing total which he will be eager to better this season. Without the support of Thierry Henry he will have to work extra hard and teams across the league will be aware of how dangerous he is.
  • Dom Dwyer: Sporting Kansas City’s very own Englishman. The 24-year-old was runner up to BWP last season with his tally of 22. Dwyer will be looking to impress once again and will want to emulate his form going into the new campaign. If he continues to be as deadly in the box while remaining fit, we could have a real long-term gem working his way up the all-time MLS goalscoring list.

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  • David Villa: New York City’s new superstar doesn’t need much of an introduction. The Spanish goal machine has scored countless times for all the clubs he has played for and is the highest goalscorer in the Spanish National Team’s history. Villa will be playing alongside Patrick Mullins and MLS rookie Khiry Shelton, with all three players looking to prove why they signed for the expansion franchise. Villa could find himself wide left instead of spearheading the NYCFC forward line, a position he has played very effectively for both Barcelona and Spain, so his position will determine just how many times he finds the net in 2015.
  • Robbie Keane: The veteran 34-year-old cannot go without a mention. Scoring the winning goal in extra-time of the MLS Cup final in December shows he still has the legs and hunger to find the back of the net. His tally of 19 last season is impressive considering he was playing alongside Gyasi Zardes and Landon Donovan, who scored 26 goals combined. Keane is still a star and as long as he is playing, LA Galaxy will score goals.

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  • Obafemi Martins: The Nigerian striker was the Seattle Sounders’ top scorer last season and he will be looking to help the Sounders retain their MLS Supporters’ Shield this year. With the help of Clint Dempsey we can expect Seattle goals to be spread around again. ‘Obagoal’ will want to break the 20 goal mark in 2015 as he came close to doing so last campaign.

Close runners: 

  • Jozy Altidore: Expect the big man to find his goalscoring form now he is back home in MLS with Toronto after difficult spells with Premier League sides, Sunderland and Hull City in recent years. If he can find his feet quickly he could be unstoppable.

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  • Erick Torres: The Mexican’s impressive tally of 15 last season with Chivas led to his move to the Houston Dynamo and he will hope to recapture his form in front of goal when he eventually joins up with his new teammates.
  • Patrick Mullins: If, as mentioned above, Mullins is to play through the middle with Villa out-wide it could be another partnership like Henry and BWP. Mullins showed real promise with New England in 2014 and could be set for a big year in New York City.

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  • Clint Dempsey: Again, as mentioned above, ‘Deuce’ was in with a share of the Sounders goals last campaign and his killer instinct in the box makes him a deadly forward every time he takes to the field.
  • Gyasi Zardes: The emerging USMNT star netted 16 goals last season but he will expect to improve on that tally this season. The 23-year-old has bags of confidence and ability to go with it.

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Could an MLS move resurrect Fernando Torres’s career?

The once prolific World Cup winning Fernando Torres has been a shadow of his former-self in the past five years.

His loan move away from Chelsea to AC Milan had many predicting he would find his scoring form again, but it hasn’t worked out in Italy for the 30-year-old striker.

With just one goal in ten games, there has been speculation of him being handed back to Chelsea just five months since his two-year loan deal began.

As we know, he is a striker who thrives on confidence and instinct finishing – both have been missing for some time now.

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Major League Soccer could be a good destination for him to once again feel the love of devoted fans.

He can take many things from the David Villa move to New York City FC. Villa was his strike partner during the Spanish domination of international tournaments and his move has seen him become one of the most talked about players in America before he’s even played a game.

Torres can bring so much to a dressing room as well as to younger player in the squad. Despite a tricky spell during his time at Chelsea, he has a track record of success and would prove a move to MLS was the right option if there was any interest.

He scored in a number of big games for the Blues but could never quite find consistency.

Key moments for Torres:

  • 65 goals in 102 Liverpool games – Best strike rate in Liverpool’s history
  • Euro 2008 Final – Winning goal vs Germany
  • World Cup 2010 – Winner with Spain
  • Champions League Semi-Final 2012 – Vital equaliser vs Barcelona after long run
  • Champions League Final 2012 – Winner with Chelsea
  • Euro 2012 – Golden Boot winner and goalscorer in final win vs Italy
  • Europa League 2013 Final – First goal vs Benfica
  • 2013 Confederations Cup – Golden Boot winner

As for a destination, it’s not easy to say where Torres would be best suited. He thrived in his homeland with Atletico Madrid and a move back home will surely be an option.

Throughout the most successful periods of his career, his top scoring form has been while playing as a lone striker with supply coming from all over the field.

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Somewhere like the New England Revolution could be an ideal club, as he would suit their preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 with the likes of Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones feeding him constantly throughout the game.

Torres needs a fresh start, away from Europe, and a move to MLS would give him the chance to recapture his star status.

One thing we can be sure of is that people want to see him recapture the form we saw so much at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and throughout his international career.

Would MLS be a good choice for Fernando Torres?

Thierry Henry backs Bradley Wright-Phillips for MLS MVP award

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry has backed teammate Bradley Wright-Phillips in the race for Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2014 season.

Wright-Phillips tied the single season goalscoring record with his brace against Sporting Kansas City in the final regular season game on Sunday, as he equalled Chris Wondolowski and Roy Lassiter’s record of 27 goals in one season.

And Henry believes that his consistency over the course of the season make it hard to overlook the Englishman.

“No disrespect to anyone, Bradley’s been doing that since Day 1, not finished well, not played well in the middle or started well. He started, was still there in the middle and finished strong.

“He played well from the beginning. And the [MVP award] is for the player of the season. Player of the season, not the last three months, not the middle months, not the five first games. Player of the season.

“Did you play well the whole season? How many games has Bradley had? Thirty-two. That’s why for me he will get my vote,” Henry said.

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Robbie Keane, Lee Nguyen and Obafemi Martins are expected to go head-to-head in a three-way battle for the prestigious award, but Wright-Phillips has already beaten all of those to one award this season.

His 27 goals saw him scoop the Budweiser Golden Boot, and although he will be delighted with that, he will still feel he could have broken the MLS single season goalscoring record.

“You saw it when the ref blew the whistle,” Henry said when asked for his thoughts on Wright-Phillips tying the record. “I won’t say what he said, but you could see he was upset. That’s the right attitude, and that’s why he reached that level this year because he wanted more and more and more.”

“If you look at the amount of goals he missed one-v-one with the ‘keeper, and I’m not having a go, that’s what I kept putting in his head because you want that guy [motivated]. Because let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if we would’ve made the playoffs.”

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The Red Bulls have made the playoffs, and will face up against last year’s MLS Cup winners Sporting Kansas City at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night in the Eastern Conference knockout round.

Henry could be playing his last games for the club as his future is up in the air, but a new striking sensation has proved himself to be the real deal, and Wright-Phillips will need to keep scoring goals if New York are to go far in the playoffs.

Does Bradley Wright-Phillips deserve to win the MVP award?