Harry Kane is a player who has been grabbing the headlines of late. In recent weeks he’s been in the goals and has been linked with a potential call-up for England. Before the Manchester United game he was also compared to Wayne Rooney in what was billed by some as ‘Wayne vs Kane.’
Kane, a local Chingford boy, and product of the Spurs youth academy, has scored five goals this season. At 21 he has also kept established forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado out of the side, making the starting position up front his own.
He has been praised widely for his goal scoring this season, with 15 in all competitions in 25 appearances. Although this is to a degree misleading as seven of these were in the Europa League and only five in the Premier League. It is undoubted though, that he has been in good form in Europe and domestically. But how good has he actually been?
If we observe his form for the season he has scored five goals in 15, with these coming from just nine starts. That’s not bad on the face f it. But it equates to him scoring a goal every 179 minutes, which isn’t brilliant. He has also converted just 17.9% of his total chances, by no means prolific. To put it into context top scorer Sergio Aguero has converted 25% of his chances and second top scorer Diego Costa has converted 34% of his. Nobody is comparing Kane to these top strikers but it is still an interesting stat.
So why the hype? Partially it is because he is young and English. Partially it is because he is a rare youth team product breaking through at a top club and getting regular games, keeping out expensive foreign stars. This in itself is a nice story. It is also clear that he is a better option than Soldado and Adebayor who aren’t clinical themselves. Kane works incredibly hard for the side, so much harder than the aforementioned two. He is clearly elated to just be on the field and runs about, working tirelessly for his team. This is an under-rated quality. It’s interesting to see that the top two positions for distance covered this season are occupied by Kane. 13.1 km versus Swansea and then `13 km versus Everton. Incredible for a striker.
You simply wouldn’t get that sort of shift from Soldado or Adebayor. Perhaps anyone else. It’s why he is getting games. He is also, whilst not hugely prolific in terms of his one on one finishing, a player who gets into the right positions. He gets across defenders and makes the runs that you want to see a striker making, which is why he is being rewarded by goals and scoring a few close range efforts. He’s undoubtedly a good player with a good future and it’s definitely nice to see him getting games. His form has been distorted a bit by great Europa League performances though (e.g. the fact that only Aguero has more goals in all comps than him this season- which is misleading). Kane’s goals are certainly helping lift Spurs though and may they continue to do so.