Stats: Why Kane should be ahead of Soldado in the Spurs pecking order

Roberto Soldado

Harry Kane has been given an opportunity recently by Tim Sherwood whilst Roberto Soldado has struggled for form all season.

Young Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been in terrific form lately having scored three goals in each of his last three Premier League games.

Scoring goals has been a bit of a problem for Spurs this season with Roberto Soldado not really hitting the heights that were expected, but Emmanuel Adebayor returning to the fold has boosted their strike force, and he has become their top scorer.

Lately, Head Coach Tim Sherwood has given 21-year-old Kane a few opportunities to impress in the side, but how does he compare to their big money signing from the summer?

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 27 1,907
Harry Kane Spurs FW 3 7 291
  TeamPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 5 27 1,907

In absolute terms, Soldado leads the way in the Premier League in terms of the goals he's scored, but we should remember that four of those have been from the penalty spot, whilst all three of Kane's goals have come from open play. Though it does appear that Soldado's all round play contributes more than that of Kane's, the Spaniard has had more time to become more involved in the play. 

A fairer reflection on the goalscoring front is their goals per game ratio where Kane is averaging a decent ratio of one goal in just over every two games:

  TeamPosGoals / appsAppsMins
Harry Kane Spurs FW 0.43 7 291
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 0.22 27 1,907

There is also the aspect of how much a threat a striker can be on the field. Kane is a young striker who appears to have less fear than Soldado, which may explain the next statistic:

  TeamPosmins / Total Scoring AttAppsMins
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 34.05 27 1,907
Harry Kane Spurs FW 16.17 7 291

Kane seems to make more of the time he has on the pitch as he seems to be twice as productive in terms of shots on goal, which may be one of the reasons for his better goals per game ratio. Also, with Soldado making more assists, it means he drops deeper whereas Kane is probably more prepared to play off the shoulder of the last defender.

With a new manager seemingly arriving at White Hart Lane next season, Soldado could get the opportunity to turn things around. But regardless of the price tag, surely Kane should be ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order at White Hart Lane?

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