Only Lionel Messi rivals Tottenham's Harry Kane in key attacking area

Tottenham players inc Harry Kane

Harry Kane's recent performances for Tottenham have seen him brush shoulders with the continent's most celebrated talents.

Not for the first time this season, Tottenham's Harry Kane produced the goods in an entertaining London derby this weekend. Having scored twice in an exhilarating 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year's Day, the Englishman struck twice against Arsenal on Saturday, to complete an impressive 2-1 comeback and restore the bragging rights at White Hart Lane.

  PositionTeamGoalsGoals per GameMinutes per GoalAppearancesMins Played
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 7 1.4 64 5 448

The Lilywhites striker has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season - more than any other Premier League player - and it comes as little surprise to see pundits and fans alike, calling for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad. After all, it's difficult to disagree with such telling statistics.

To date, he is the most prolific English striker in top-flight football, and, in fact, in terms of goals per game, he is currently enjoying the most prolific season of any 21-year-old in the competition's history - better than Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and anyone else. 

Perhaps more impressive, however, are the comparisons that can be made abroad. Kane's scoring rate this term sees him rubbing shoulders with even the most prolific forwards across Europe, including Ballon D'or runner-up Lionel Messi; the only player to have bettered the 21-year-old's goal tally since the turn of the calendar year. 

Since netting a brace against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, Kane has gone on to score a further five times in the Premier League; that's seven league goals in five appearances (448 minutes) for the youngster in 2015. Messi, meanwhile, has played on six occasions, scoring eight times. Admittedly, though, the Barca star has had the advantage of extra minutes on the pitch - 495 to be precise.  

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