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?

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Former England goal-machine claims Harry Kane must start

Harry Kane‘s call up to the England National Team has been well received and former England striker Alan Shearer claims Roy Hodgson has to start the young star in the upcoming fixtures.

The 21-year-old Tottenham forward netted a hat-trick in this weekend’s 4-3 Premier League win against Leicester City and he is oozing confidence after his first call-up to the national side.

Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 international appearances for the Three Lions and he had plenty of positives for the in-form Kane when speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day.

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“I think Roy Hodgson should start him for England,” Shearer said. “He knows what he’s about and, in the form that he’s in, he’ll score goals and be a great foil for Wayne Rooney.”

Kane, who has 29 goals in all competitions this season, will be itching to impress on the international stage and Shearer believes his variation of goals is key.

“He didn’t start playing regular Premier League football until November but he’s the top scorer in the league with 19. He scores all sorts of goals – a tap-in, a penalty and a deflection against Leicester. I’m a huge fan of his.”

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Kane’s performances have received plaudits from some of the biggest names in the game including Brazilian legend Pele.

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The prolific youngster will surely be in with a chance of featuring in either of England’s next two games during the international break.

He has an impressive eight goals in ten games for the England U21 side and will look to transfer that form to the senior squad.

England face Lithuania at Wembley on March 27 in their latest Group E Euro 2016 qualifier before travelling to Turin to take on Italy in a friendly on March 31.

Do you think Kane will cut it on the international stage?