Harry Kane was again the star of the show, bagging a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham smashed Burnley 0-3. Here are five incredible stats he’s created.
36 Premier League goals in 2017
22 years ago in 1995, Alan Shearer bagged 36 Premier League goals in one single year. It was an incredible feat, and one no striker has matched since. Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie; no one could match Shearer.
Until now, that is. Harry Kane’s sensational third goal where he first won the ball back and then absolutely doused Kevin Long with a sublime touch to go clear where he lashed it home with his left took him level with the great man. And what’s more, Kane has a boxing day showdown at Wembley with Southampton. That record could yet belong to him alone.
7 Hat-tricks in 2017
Kane’s third goal didn’t just give Tottenham a much-needed win but it confirmed Kane’s third hat-trick in 2017. That is an incredible number of triples which is as many as Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani put together. Kane’s ability to rack up big scores in a hurry is what sets him apart from so many other marksmen.
50 Premier League away goals
Tottenham’s recent away form in the Premier League had been shocking. They had failed to win their previous five road-trips, losing four of them. Harry Kane was sick of that, however. And his stunning hat-trick gave Tottenham a comfortable win and made sure he reached 50 away Premier League goals considerably faster than literally any other player in history. The ability to win away from home is essential to becoming a successful side, so Kane’s proclivities are crucial.
41% of Tottenham’s goals in 2017
Earlier in the season, Pep Guardiola called Tottenham “the Harry Kane team” and everyone had a good laugh. But consider this; they really are the Harry Kane team. It’s rare for Tottenham to win without Kane scoring, rarer still for them to do it without him playing well.
Kane is Tottenham’s everything. Simultaneously a goal-poacher, line-leading hitman, and interplaying target man. Without him, Tottenham were clueless against Burnley, and that he’s scored nearly half of Spurs’ goals in 2017 will surprise no one.
53 goals for club and country in 2017
In 2017, Harry Kane has taken his game to another level. He’s been utterly relentless and so impressive that some pundits have begun to compare him with some of the world’s best forwards. Ridiculous, right? Well, in terms of goalscoring, no, actually.
Kane’s hat-trick against Burnley took him from 50 to 53 goals for club and country in 2017. That’s as many as Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani. Only Leo Messi has more, with his goal in Saturday’s Clásico giving him 54.
The mad thing? Those four are all done for the year. Meaning if Kane can score twice or more against Southampton at Wembley, he’ll end 2017 as literally the greatest goalscorer the world had seen this year.