Harry Kane - 2018
Take a moment this morning to applaud Harry Kane and his amazing season, even although injury possibly cost him a third Golden Boot and cast a shadow over the end of the year. Trying to keep track of his various records and stats during the season quickly became a full time task and to try and record them all here would be impossible. We look back upon some of the highlights.
Harry started the 2017/18 season on 99 Spurs goals but quickly joining the ‘100 Club’ (1) and moved from joint 17th in the all-time scorers list to finish the year in 6th place on 140. He became the eighth man in Tottenham’s history to register one hundred League goals and only Greaves and Smith reached that mark faster. His 41 goals for the season is the fourth best return by a Spurs player.
Upon passing Teddy Sheringham‘s 97 he became the clubs top scorer in the PL era and then became the second fastest man in the competitions history to reach his century. He also broke the record for goals in a calendar year.
As for hat-tricks, Harry is currently 4th in the Tottenham all-time list and third on the PL all time chart. In 2016/17 he became only the third men to score 5 hat tricks in a season for Spurs, (Hunt 33-34 & Morrison 36-37). He then added three at the start of 2018 to set two more firsts for a calendar year, the first man in PL history to score six and the first Spurs man to score eight.
While his two goals at home to Stoke meant he became the first Englishman since 1927 to score 50 goals in a calendar year for club and country. He would go on to end 2017 with 56 in just 52 games. His perfect hat trick away to APOEL also saw him set a new record by becoming the first Englishman to score in four consecutive Champions League games, (includes Monaco and CSKA the previous season).
As well as the becoming only second Tottenham man to score two hat tricks in European competition.
Harry remains in third place in our all-time European chart and is the clubs top scorer in The Champions League. His ninth CL goal (in ninth game) in Turin means he is the fastest man to that mark in CL history.
It also meant he went level with the most CL goals in a season by an Englishman.
The win at Huddersfield and Harry became only the second player to score 2 or more goals in three straight away games in the PL. He then finished 2017 by outscoring six other teams in the first half of the season. The hat trick at Burnley also meant he reached 50 away PL goals, in 67 games, another record.
This season he scored in 19 PL games this season, a personal best. Other landmarks he slipped past during the year, when he scored his 20th goal of the season it was the 4th year running, the first Tottenham man since Martin Chivers to do so. Then his 20th league goal saw him reach that point for the fourth season running, the first man to do it since Jimmy Greaves. The goal at Newport made it 30 for the season, the third time he has passed that mark. And his goal away to Palace was his 150th career goal. He became only the third man in PL history to score 25 goals three years running.
It may be a team game but Harry continued to win Individual awards. He picked up the Player of the Month award twice, September & December 2017, giving him six wins in total, which took him level at the top of that chart.
When Harry picked up that same award in Feb 2015 he became only the third man to win it in successive months and the December win saw him become only the second man to win it three times in a calendar year. 2017 also saw him nominated for the Ballom d’dor, The BBC Sports Personality of the year and voted on to the Vauxhall England, PFA and the EA Sport/FIFA teams of the year. He was the Football of the Year in the London Football awards.
As for the FA Cup, he is the highest placed current player in the clubs history; his 9 goals have taken him to 20th overall. While the League Cup sees him down in 27th in the clubs history, with four, level with Eriksen.
At international level, heading into the World Cup (and four international goals so far this season) he currently stands as the 7th highest Spurs man on the England list and 37th overall. England scored 14 goals in 2017 and Harry had 7 of them, while there were 12 hat tricks in the PL and he notched six.
I will leave you with this thought, Sports Direct report that Harry is the third most popular PL player in its shirt sales!
Watch out at the weekend when the Gallery series turns its lens on to Harry. We will be monitoring records and landmarks throughout the England games and Harry Watch returns next season. A previous article (2) looked at Harry’s early career and records up to the end of the 2017 season.
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Notes – 1 – The 100 club - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-the-100-club
2 – Harry Kane - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-harry-kane
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