Tottenham-linked Saido Berahino bettered by Harry Kane in five key areas

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Amid speculation linking West Brom's Saido Berahino with a move to Tottenham, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham hope to lure West Brom’s Saido Berahino to White Hart Lane with a £15 million bid in the coming week after Mauricio Pochettino made the highly rated striker his priority in the transfer market.

Reports suggest that the Lilywhites watched Berahino’s progress last ­season with great interest, but never made a bid. However, that is expected to change in the next few days, with Pochettino determined to bring the player to White Hart Lane.

Amid speculation linking the West Brom youngster with Spurs, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics. It quickly emerges that the Lilywhite's first-team striker Harry Kane, who finished the campaign with 21 goals as the Premier League's second-highest scorer, betters Berahino in five of the seven key areas considered. 

 Stats per Game TeamGoalsConversion Rate (%)Key PassesTake OnsTake On Success (%)Successful PassesPassing Accuracy (%)AppearancesMins Played
Harry Kane Tottenham 0.62 19 0.79 1.47 40.98 19.09 75 34 2,581
Saido Berahino West Brom 0.37 16 0.74 0.68 44.07 16.97 83 38 2,929

Kane quite comfortably outperformed the Baggies striker man in terms of his goal output. Having averaged 0.62 goals per game to his compatriot's 0.37, he is clearly superior in this aspect. Meanwhile, the Spurs prospect proved the more clinical of the duo, converting 19% of his shots at goal, with his prospective team-mate managing a success-rate of 16%.

The PFA Young Player of the Year was also superior creatively. Not only did he fashion more key passes per game (0.79 to 0.74), he also registered more assists (0.12 to 0.03). The Spurs player was also recorded more successful take ons per match, completing 1.47 per match, compared to Berahino's 0.68. 

Kane completed an average of 19.09 successful passes per game in the Premier League last season, compared to 16.97 managed by Berahino in the English top flight - a minor difference, perhaps. However, there is plenty between the players in terms of their overall accuracy, with the latter stealing the plaudits in this key area.

Both players are far from the finished products and yet they continue to show excellent Premier League form. In terms of the statistics, Harry Kane currently edges the battle, but the addition of Saido Berahino, who is also a proven top flight goalscorer, is likely to promote healthy competition between the two youngsters - competition that would only benefit the club in the long-term. 

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