Harry Kane’s hat trick against Burnley wasn’t just his seventh for Tottenham Hotspur in 2017 and tenth overall. The three goals also gave him 36 goals in 2017, which ties him with Alan Shearer’s record from 1995... with a Boxing Day match yet to play.
Shearer’s record has stood for 22 years, but the legendary England striker was quick to praise Kane on Match of the Day Saturday night, saying with confidence that his record would fall on Tuesday when Tottenham play Southampton at Wembley Stadium.
“He’ll do it. He’ll do it.
“He is obsessed with scoring goals. He’s hungry to get on the ball and put the ball in the back of the net, full of confidence. Everything about him is class… He is brilliant.
“I remember saying in an FA Cup tie a couple of years ago at White Hart Lane that THEN he was worth £90m. Now, he’s more than doubled that. Don’t ever think of selling him.”
Kane now has 93 Premier League goals at age 24, which still puts him well behind Shearer’s record of 260. Still, with Kane on track to score at least 30 goals this season, it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that Shearer’s OTHER record might eventually be in danger.
Shearer also congratulated Kane on Twitter, via emojis.
♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂ ♂— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 23, 2017
Kane has now scored 53 goals in all competitions in 2017, which puts him in quite distinguished company.
Goal Scorers in 2017, European Leagues
Kane is also the only player on that list with a game yet to play in 2017. Not bad for a one-season wonder, right?