Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their sixth goal against Leicester City
Harry Kane's astonishing four-goal haul against Leicester City in Tottenham Hotspur's 6-1 win over Leicester City was the latest high in what has been a sensational season for the Spurs star. Kane is now two goals clear of his nearest Premier League rival for the golden boot, Romelu Lukaku, despite having started the day two behind, and leaves Kane on 26 goals for the campaign.
With his performances this season arguably a new benchmark for the player, we look at how Kane could become the Premier League's most prolific goalscorer, ahead of the club's last game of the season against Hull City on Sunday.
This is by far Kane's best minutes per goal season in the Premier League, and leaves him with one of the best ever seasons from a goalscorer as he seeks to hang on to the prestigious trophy he won last season.
Ahead of the match against Hull, Kane has 26 goals in 29 games, which stands at 94 minutes per goal. That is a hugely impressive record, and puts him way ahead of his rivals in the division. Of players who have scored more than 15 goals, the closest to Kane in terms of minutes per goal is Sergio Aguero, way behind needing an average of 130 minutes to net.
His average goals per games currently stands at 0.9, which puts him in the same ballpark as some of the best goalscoring seasons ever. Luis Suarez is in the lead here with 31 in 33 in 2014 (0.94) but behind him there is Didier Drogba in 2010 (29 in 32) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 (31 in 34) - both 0.91.
If Kane nets twice against Hull - considering he is expected to start - he will move above the latter two onto 0.93 goals per game. If he manages another hat trick - and who would put it past him - he would be the Premier League's most prolific scorer ever when it comes to goals per game, achieving a strike rate of 0.97 - a rate that wouldn't look out of place with the great attackers at Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The best goals per game ratios in the Premier League era
|Season||Team||Goals||Appearances||Goals per Game||Minutes Played||Minutes per Goal|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||2007-08||Man United||31||34||0.91||2747||88.6|
*Kane has one more league fixture to play
Ronaldo currently boasts the best minutes per goal ratio of the Premier League's golden boot winners, at 88.6 minutes per goal during his 2007-8 season. Kane would trump this with a hat-trick against Hull, even if he plays the full 90.
Even if he draws blank, ending on 0.87 goals per game, Kane will have eclipsed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when it comes to his best ever strike rate season (27 goals in 32 matches in 2006 - a rate of 0.84), as well as Aguero, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy, some of the division's other goalscoring greats. Alan Shearer is currently the top English scorer in the Premier League, when he scored 31 goals in 35 games in 1996 - a rate of 0.89. Kane will eclipse him with a solitary strike at the KC Stadium.
All this and Kane missed two portions of the season with separate ankle injuries. If the England international wouldn't have missed those eight fixtures, with another match started from the bench, who knows how many he would have netted for Tottenham. The mere fact that he looks a shoe in for the top scorer trophy is impressive enough.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane wins the 2015/16 Barclays Golden Boot Award, scoring 25 goals.