As he turns 24 this summer we look back at his stellar rise to become one of the top marksmen in world football. The winner of the PL Golden Boot for a second consecutive season. Harry’s isn’t just a great goal scorer his amazing record is matched by his tireless running and pulling defenders away allowing teammates to capitalize the space. He combines great technique with body strength and has tremendous confidence in his own abilities.
Harry can score all sorts of goals from the poachers instinct inside the six yard box to the blistering drive to the curling into the corner shot. The Premier League statistics show to date that of his 78 goals in that competition 51 have come from his right foot, 17 with the left and 10 headers. Like many top scorers he doesn’t seem to worry too much about records but as he keeps scoring they just keep coming.
Harry was born in Walthamstow on 28th July 1993 and joined Spurs at eleven years of age, having had very brief spells with both Arsenal and Watford. His first team debut came in the Europa League game at home to Hearts in 2011 and his first senior goal was in the same competition away to Shamrock Rovers.
This season he passed the thirty goal a season in all competitions mark, something he had done previously in 2014/15 when he became the first man to do so since Gary Lineker in 1991/92. When he passed the 20 goal mark, it was for the third season running, that was last achieved by Mark Falco (83-86).
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The Golden Boot was introduced in 1992/3 and was won by Tottenham’s Teddy Sheringham, the only other Spurs man to win it. Harry becomes only the fifth player to retain the Golden Boot a second consecutive season. His tally this year of 29 is even more impressive as he missed nearly a quarter of the season only appearing in 30 games.
He then followed that up by becoming the first Spur to hit 20 league goals in three consecutive seasons since Jimmy Greaves. Thus joining a select band of Lilywhites to have managed that achievement. Greaves did it twice (62-65 and 67-69) Bobby Smith (58-61) Johnny Morrison (36-38) and George Hunt (32-34).
When he scored that 20th league goal this season he also became only the fourth (and youngest) man in Premier League history (since 93) to do so three seasons running. As well as being only the fifth man to reach 25 goals on successive PL seasons.
Harry on 78 still has a way to go to catch Alan Shearer the top scorer in the competition who finished with 260, (Harry has scored more goals than Shearer at the same age). This places Harry fourth in the Spurs PL chart. Only Teddy Sheringham (97), Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane (91 each) are ahead of him. With fifty four of those goals coming in the last fifty nine games, an incredible strike rate. He has also been credited with twelve assists and hitting the woodwork 13 occasions.
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He was the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2015 and has been PL Player of the Month on four occasions, only three other players have won it more often.
As well as being recently voted on to the PFA Team of the Year for the third season running (2015-17).
When it comes to hat tricks, Harry’s eight to date places him sixth in the clubs all time list. That’s two behind Cliff Jones and Johnny Morrison (10 each), then comes Smith and Hunt (12) and Greaves (15). His fifth hat trick of this season meant he was the first Tottenham player to have achieved it since Morrison in 1937.
While in London derbies he has struck 19 times in 27 PL games. That makes him Tottenham’s second best in the PL era. Those figures include scoring in five successive North London derbies, (breaking Les Allen’s record of four set in August 1962). When Harry scored the last goal in the last NLD at WHL this season he also became the top scorer in that particular tie in the PL era.
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Harry’s 78 PL goals have come in 51 different games and when he has scored we have only lost twice, the last time being February 2015.
No surprise Leicester is currently his favourite PL target with eight of his PL goals coming against them, four teams including Arsenal are currently on six.
Whilst in European action he is also joint sixth with 12 goals. He is level with Dimitar Berabtov, and just one behind Falco, Martin Peters and Alan Gilzean. Then there is a gap with Jermain Defoe topping the chart with 23, one ahead of Martin Chivers.
As for England, Harry, who is only 14th in our goals chart with five. Greaves (surprise) tops that list with 28 goals and Vivian Woodward is 2nd with 26. Harry made his debut for England in March 2015 coming on as a substitute and scored after just 79 seconds. He currently has 17 international caps and played in last summers European Championships Finals. Add to that he has also played for England at Under 17, 19, 20 and 21 levels with another 17 goals, including a hat trick for the under 21’s.
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Tottenham loaned him out during his development and he spent time at Leyton Orient, Millwall (where he was young player of the year), Norwich and Leicester, adding another 15 goals in 47 games.
This season, despite being out injured twice he has scored 35 times in just 38 games in all competitions. That gives him a Tottenham career total of 99 goals in 165 games (includes 27 as a substitute).
Those 99 Competitive goals break down as 78 in the league, 5 in the FA Cup, 4 in the League Cup with another 12 in Europe (10 in the Europa League and two in the Champions League).
So what is next for Harry? Membership of Tottenham’s 100 club (1) beckons. He currently stands joint 17th with Taffy O’Callaghan in our all-time goal scorers chart.
If he registers 20 goals in the coming season (2017/18) he would equal Martin Chivers record of scoring 20 goals four seasons running, in all competitions. If he were to then to carry on and score 20 league goals for a fourth season running that would equal the achievement of both Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith.
He has improved year upon year, with his league goal tallies for the past three seasons being 21, 25, and 29. He has set himself the target of passing the hundred League goal mark in the next season. If he achieves that he will become the 27th player to reach it and the fourth youngest in the competitions history.
In the longer term, a few to watch for, Greaves also scored 20 league goals a season a total of seven times (in eight years) and was the leagues top scorer on six occasions (a league record). Jimmy is also the clubs top scorer with 266 as well as our top scorer in the league with 220.
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It has been suggested that pace might be his weakness, but he has been recorded running at 34 km an hour.
- He also scored the last (and winning) Tottenham goal at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
Much praise has been heaped upon Harry but this comes from his former youth coach at Spurs, Alex Inglethorpe, ‘When he first came into the under-18s as a 15 year old, he stood out in the sense he looked a bit gangly. He moved slightly awkwardly, he was a bit cumbersome. But look closer, he had a lot of ability, a great technique. I think he surprised people how good he was. Tactically he was very flexible. He often played in midfield. I remember seeing him once playing as a holding midfielder.’
Harry has come a long way in a very short space of time and its hard to believe when he first burst on the scene as was labeled a ‘one season wonder.’ Harry would now be welcome at any of the “top” clubs in the world but he seems happy to stay at Tottenham and as long as we can meet his ambition’s long may he do so. His very down to earth approach is one of his great strengths and he is the first to credit his team mates with their vital part in his fantastic tally.
He certainly looks well on track to rewrite a number of the records mentioned by adding them to his personal CV.
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All figures correct to the end of the 2016/17 season.
Stats thanks to - THFC, My Football Facts, The Premier League, The FA, England on Line, BBC, Daily Telegraph, Opta Stats and Sky Sports,
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