Harry Kane v Charlie Austin: One striker beats the other in six key areas

Inside Loftus Road

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Queens Park RangersCharlie Austin face off on Saturday.

Queens Park Rangers host Tottenham Hotspur in the only Premier League fixture on Saturday as a result of their previously cancelled encounter due the latter's involvement in last weekend’s League Cup final.

Both teams have different goals this season. Spurs are aiming to break in to the top four, whereas QPR currently lie in the bottom three and face the very real prospect of relegation unless they turn their form around.

Despite their current struggles, however, Chris Ramsey’s side have goals in them and in particular a natural goalscorer in Charlie Austin – the top English scorer in the league with 15 strikes.

The Lilywhites, likewise, have a top English marksman in Harry Kane, who is just one short of Austin’s league tally with 14 goals.

But which striker and England international hopeful comes out on top?

  Goals per GameShots per GoalShots on Target %Key Passes per Game Touches per GamePass Completion %Ball Recoveries per GameAppearances
Charlie Austin 0.63 6.3 41% 0.58 35.46 65% 2.29 24
Harry Kane 0.61 5.1 42% 0.83 41.48 76% 3 23

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Austin may have found the net with more regularity but it is Kane who is both more clinical inside the area and more involved outside of the 18-yard box.

The 21-year-old has fired more shots on target than Austin, has created more chances for his teammates and has needed fewer shots to find the back of the net.

Moreover, the White Hart Lane prodigy is seemingly more of a team player and contributes with more touches, more passes and a higher pass completion rate on average per match.

QPR striker Austin is by no means a slouch outside the box, but his expertise is finding the back of the net with regularity and playing in a more creative side could see him wield even more goals over the campaign.

Nevertheless, with Roy Hodgson seeking out England’s future strike partner for Liverpool’s impressive marksman Daniel Sturridge, on this season’s viewing Kane seems to be the man for the job.

Aside from his good work with the ball, the youngster is hard working and willing to do the defensive work – illustrated by his average three ball recoveries per match.

It’s all set to be an exciting battle between the English strikers at Loftus Road, with the result likely to be very dependent on their respective performances and their quality on the day in front of goal.

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