Yes, I know this title will deter some people from this blog and I know people like to say there's an "English bias" especially when you see players like John Stones go for so much money even though England crash out in every international tournament. Most people are afraid to give English players true praise since everyone loves to slate them and of course, the awful English media is the king of doing that. In this blog, I will lay down the cold facts on why Harry Kane is now the best striker in the Premier League and why he would be everyone's first pick out of all the strikers in the English game. Save your hate for the end.
Golden Boot Race
Even with playing three to five Premier League games less than the competition, Harry Kane seems to be on target for back to back Golden Boot titles as he has been red hot of late. Besides the fact he missed so much time with an injury he also is tenth in the Premier League in shots per game with only three. Another massive factor in what Harry Kane's season is so amazing is that his three main "providers" are Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Kyle Walker. These players have a combined transfer fee of £25m (Kyle Walker's was nine because it came with another player as well). Even though this may seem like a lot, compared to the other strikers who have players like Mesut Özil, Kevin De Bruyne, Paul Pogba, and Eden Hazard who all went for significantly more than all of those three Spurs players. No matter what you think of any of these players the fact Harry Kane is scoring this much around a squad that is significantly cheaper (and younger) than all of the players around him is pretty incredible.
"He Only Scores Against Shit Team"
If you are one of the people who actually use this excuse and are afraid of being embarrassed I would turn this off now because we will debunk this idea in about one simple paragraph. Harry Kane has 66 Premier League goals to his name as he has scored against every Premier League club he has faced besides Manchester United and Cardiff City. Most notably he has six against Stoke City and West Brom and has five against London Rivals Arsenal and West Ham United. Harry Kane is not just dominating but is also clutch as he has 18 goals in Premier League London Derbies. So yes, he has scored against bad teams, but what striker hasn't. To use this excuse on a player who has literally demolished his rivals and has owned teams for years is completely asinine.
To see the full list, see below as some amazing person made a chart of all of his goals.
How Clinical Is Harry Kane?
When you think of the key objective of a striker which is to finish, there is no player better at doing that than Kane. His conversion rate is 2.0% higher than anyone in the Premier League and he is fifth in Europe with a conversion rate of 27.0%. This is better than the so called "Top" Strikers of the world in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Luis Suárez, and Robert Lewandowski. Obviously, I am not saying he is better than these three but if you take the most important part of a striker's job which is finishing you can't argue that Kane is easily up there with the best. As always, if you don't believe me here is a chart with all of the elite player's conversion rates (only shows players with over 10 goals).
To be the best, you have to be the first person that comes to mind when someone asks "Who would you want to be up top in your ideal Premier League team" and for me, it is easily Harry Kane. Zlatan Ibrahimović is 12 years older than Harry Kane, Diego Costa may be as good as Kane when it comes to scoring but isn't as good off the ball as Kane has a better work ethic on the pitch and is more consistent (as we saw last season). Sadly, Sergio Agüero may be amazing but is just too injury prone to fully trust him. Alexis Sánchez is a great player but Kane has scored significantly more as the Arsenal man has 46 goals in the Premier League and Harry Kane in that same time has 63 even on a team who has finished below Arsenal every year in that time. In my opinion, Romelu Lukaku is the closest one to Kane in this conversation but is still not as consistent and prolific as Harry Kane but time will tell which 23 years old will grow to be a better player, but if you ask me it is Harry Kane.
As always, I want to end this with some degenerate talk and of course, as the Golden Boot race heats up you can still bet on who you think will win as the odds are:
Harry Kane: 13/8
Diego Costa: 4/1
Alexis Sanchez: 5/1
Romelu Lukaku: 9/2
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 5/1
Sergio Aguero: 6/1
Jermain Defoe: 40/1
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