Harry Kane has had a great September like he always seems to have, but this year has been his most impressive, with the Englishman bagging 13 goals in eight appearances for both club and country. Scoring a perfect Hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia, to then scoring a superb curling finish as he scored a brace against Huddersfield – the academy graduate has left many footballing fans at the end of September pondering the same question: is Harry Kane the best striker in the world at the moment?
Two seasons after many pundits and footballing fans called him a one season wonder, Kane is on a mission to win the Premier League golden boot for a third successive season. He is currently on six in the league this season, which is joint second. Many would say he is a world class striker, competing with the likes of Cavani, Suarez, Benzema, Aguero and Lukaku (among others) is a great achievement, but is the fact that he is English is holding many back from classing him as the cream of the crop. You could argue that he is not currently the world’s best but he could achieve greatness in about 2-3 years. Currently Harry Kane is 24, so to achieve the amount of goals he has is a great feat. Many argue that a player reaches his prime at around 27-28 years old, which could mean that somehow Harry Kane’s best is still yet to come.
Some of his statistics are fantastic, having scored 13 goals in a single month means he has surpassed Messi and Ronaldo in this stat, making his tally 23 goals for this calendar year which is nine away from Alan Shearer’s record. Kane will feel like in the couple of months remaining of the calendar he easily could surpass this; especially when he has scored 16 goals in seven away games.
A big impact to Harry Kane’s improvement over the last couple of years is the man managing the team, Mauricio Pochettino, who has taken Spurs from a fifth-seventh team to a positive top 4 team. With positive attacking football being built up from the back, and a great ten players around him, Harry Kane has been able to take his game to the next level. With direct players like Son and creative players like Eriksen and Dele Alli, Kane has a set of players behind him who will be able to give him many chances throughout a game, and most of these chances Kane will take, making a statement on how good he currently is.
So, what can Harry Kane do to be known as a world class striker or as the best striker in the world – win trophies? Break more records? Or make a move to a bigger club where people are quicker to class players as a great talent just because of the club’s stature.
With Harry Kane scoring a 94th minute winner in a 1-0 win against Slovenia, somehow stretching onto a cross and poking it into the net, followed by a perfect penalty in the 1-0 win vs Lithuania, Harry Kane is carrying on his fine form in October and will hope to do so as domestic football starts again this weekend.