Matt Le Tissier backs Tottenham's Kane over Chelsea's Costa… but what do the stats say?

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane versus Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier says Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the only England player who would get into a combined XI with Spain, edging out Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

In 2014/15, both men enjoyed superb campaigns, but it was Costa who ultimately came out on top – scoring 20 Premier League goals in just 26 matches and helping the Blues to win the title.

However, he has so far struggled to replicate last season’s success this time around and Kane, after an early-season goal drought, has really started to hit his stride in recent weeks.

“Harry Kane is the one that would get in my team, with Diego Costa completely off the boil for Chelsea at the moment,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports when asked to do his England-Spain combined best XI.

The England international’s reputation as an excellent centre-forward is ever-growing and his recent goal in the North London derby against Arsenal came as a shock to no-one.

But how does he fare against Costa this season – would he replace the Blues frontman on current form?

  GoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerial Duels Won per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Harry Kane 6 3.75 1.17 1.92 43.67 17.17 2.92 12
Diego Costa 2 1.8 1.2 1.4 47.1 21.6 2.5 10

Well, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, Kane’s solid showings can be illustrated by the figures posted over a range of key attacking categories.

The Spurs ace averages more shots, aerial duels won and ball recoveries per league encounter than Costa, while his six league goals to date betters the Chelsea forward’s disappointing tally of two.

The Spain international’s underwhelming early-season form coincides with that of his team, as Jose Mourinho’s men are way off the top four having lost seven of their 12 league matches.

Kane, on the other hand, seems to be starting to get into his groove and last season’s tally of 21 league goals could well be topped if he maintains his current goal scoring form.

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