Much has been made of Harry Kane's goalscoring struggles in the Premier League this season, with plenty of pundits and publications appearing eager to jump on the inevitable, and unwelcome, second bandwagon that comes along after a young player follows a purple patch with a barren spell.
Rather than perceive Kane's record in the current campaign as an off patch that was always going to come to an end, some have been ready to suggest he is incapable of ever reproducing the highs of last season.
However, his treble on Sunday against Bournemouth meant that no player has scored more goals than the Tottenham star in 2015 in the Premier League.
|Position||Team||Goals||Ontarget Scoring Att||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Sergio Agüero||FW||Man City||18||42||26||2034|
Kane and Manchester City star Sergio Aguero are some way clear of any other player when it comes to scoring in 2015, but the Spurs man moved ahead of the Argentinian once more following the latest round of Premier League fixtures. Surprisingly, if Kane scores two more he'll be joint second top scorer this season, behind Jamie Vardy.
The manner with which the 22-year-old has continued to play a vital part for his club this season even when he hasn't been finding the back of the net is evidence of his character and talent, and not many will have been surprised to see Kane explode into goalscoring form with his south coast hat-trick.
Despite Artur Boruc doing Kane's chances of finding the net more than once no harm whatsoever with a particularly shaky performance, the England international was in superb form at Dean Court, and could have scored even more.
The nature of Kane's display could well mean he could be about to head off on a goalscoring run similar to last season, ensuring he ends the year as 2015's most prolific attacker.