Harry Kane entered yesterday’s game at Leicester City two goals behind Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. He left it two goals ahead after putting four past the Foxes in a 6-1 demolition.
His tally against Leicester gives Kane 26 Premier League goals this season, and 32 in all competitions. After just three years of Premier League football with Tottenham he’s already 18th on the list of Spurs’ all-time leading goal scorers, and Kane says he’s nowhere near done, with a goal to try and crack 100 league goals before the end of next season.
"It would be great if I could join that 100 club by the end of next season. I'm on 75 now and to get 100 would be a fantastic achievement.
“Going into the Leicester game two behind, I was hoping to get one or two and keep myself in the race for Sunday so to get four and win 6-1 -- I couldn't have dreamed of it."
If Kane can hold off Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in the last match of the season this weekend, it would be his second consecutive Golden Boot, which puts him in an elite group of back-to-back winners that includes Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie, Michael Owen, and the great Alan Shearer. Spurs travel to Hull this weekend, while Everton play at Arsenal.
Kane’s run to the top of the goal scorer’s list is all the more remarkable due to the fact that he’s done it in an injury shortened season. Kane missed eight games with two separate ankle injuries, and his 26 goals in 29 games gives him a goals-to-game ratio of .89, an astounding number. He’s cognizant of that, and proud of the fact that it hasn’t slowed him down.
"The first three games I didn't score but then I went on a good run. I am proud of the fact that even though I've had two injuries this year, out for 11 weeks, I am still up there at the top of the Premier League. To score 30 plus goals again [in all competitions] is a big achievement for me and one I'm very proud of. Next season hopefully I can get going in that first game, get a couple and go from there. If not I will stay calm and see what happens.”
Assuming Kane doesn’t score against Hull on Sunday, he would need to score 25 goals next season to hit 100 career league goals, at age 24. Based on recent history, that’s a perfectly reasonable achievement, and would shoot him up to 12th in Spurs’ all time scorer’s list, tied with Jimmy Dimmock.
Kane has said in the past that he has Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 Tottenham goals in all competitions in his sights as a career goal. With 96 total goals to his name already, he still has a ways to go before he catches Greavsie, but with such a hot start and at such a young age, the number of people who doubt that Harry can reach that goal has started to drop precipitously.