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Harry Kane: 100 Club

12th February 2018

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"He's just a one season wonder"

That was the phrase opposition fans gave after Harry Kane's breakthrough season in 2014-15, a season where he scored 21 goals in the Premier League and 31 in all competitions. Since then, that one season wonder has gone on to become the 26th player to join the 100 club having accomplished this feat in 136 games, only beaten by Alan Shearer who achieved this in 124 games.

Kane has developed into one of the best strikers in world football over the past couple of years due to his incredible goal scoring statistics, which has seen Tottenham Hotspur compete for the top four and the Premier League title on a more regular basis.

His importance for Tottenham is clear to see. For the past three seasons, he has averaged 25 goals and has currently notched up 22 goals in 25 league games this season. Kane also became the first man to outscore both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in a calendar year.

His emergence in the Tottenham team came by chance more than anything, as with many players in a club’s youth product. Kane made his first appearance for Tottenham against Hearts in the Europa League at the start of the 2011-12 season and scored his first Spurs goal against Shamrock Rovers on the 15th of December 2011. Kane was then shipped out on loan to Millwall where nine goals in 27 matches won him the Millwall Young Player of the Year award.

Having scored his first Premier League goal against Sunderland in April 2014, Kane went on to score three in three to finish off the 2013-14 season. Kane’s rise has seen him go from to a potential youth prospect to a world-class talent and now the Tottenham Vice-Captain is truly extraordinary.

On the International stage, Kane has developed into the main centrepiece for the England national side despite pundits and fans criticizing him for his performances and his role on set pieces at Euro 2016. ]

Kane chose to represent England despite being eligible for the Republic of Ireland and has gone through the England Youth setup from under 17’s. Kane made his debut against Lithuania and within 80 seconds he scored. In his 23 games, he has scored 12 goals for the National side.

This is a World Cup year after all and Kane’s importance to the side is vital to England if they have any hopes of succeeding on the international stage.

What does the 100 club mean for Harry Kane? Well, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kane will go on and score more. With him averaging 25 a season, if he carries on a similar ratio he will no doubt break 200 before the age of 30. Alan Shearer may even be thinking that his record of 260 goals in the Premier League is not so safe after all. 

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