With two goals scored in Tottenham's 3-0 dismantling of Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Harry Kane now has 21 goals this season, topping the Premier League scoring list. Kane is also now just the fifth English player to score 20 Premier League goals in consecutive seasons.
With the "one season wonder" tag now emphatically dispelled, Kane now says he has a new goal: beating Blackburn and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer's all-time career league scoring record of 260 strikes. With two full seasons of top-flight football under his belt, Kane has 45 league goals – only 215 to go! – but is using Shearer's record as a tool to continue to motivate himself.
"It’s a lot of goals and I’m still a long way off but Shearer was an idol of mine growing up, to see how many goals he scored was incredible," Kane said. "I take it season by season. I don’t like looking too far ahead because you never know what can happen.
"But is it good to aim for? Definitely, they’re the goals you dream of. When you’re a younger player, you watch them scoring goals week in and week out, so to be doing that now is a dream come true."
There are a couple of things to take away from this quote. First: God, I love this man. Harry Kane is unbelievably earnest, forthright, and down to earth about his playing ability and his love for his club, and has been from the beginning. You don't get any inklings that he's unhappy, or even dissatisfied with any aspect of his footballing experience. He is the archetype of a happy, committed professional football star, and it's amazing.
The second takeaway requires that you read between the lines a bit. Harry Kane wants to break Alan Shearer's goal-scoring record. To do that requires that he stay in England. That implies that Kane sees his future in the Premier League and not abroad at clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, or PSG. Since Daniel Levy currently has one of the two best clubs in England and has show a reluctance to sell his prized assets to competitors in the Premier League, that also implies that, despite the Mourinho pre-contract announcements at Manchester United and subsequent resurgence of Kane-to-Red-Devils rumors, Harry is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Conclusion: Harry Kane is going to be our Steven Gerrard and stay at the club forever while eventually becoming the Premier League all-time goal scoring leader. Write it down.