Premier League stats: Harry Kane closes in on Alan Shearer record

More goals than Cristiano Ronaldo, more goals than Neymar, more even than West Brom and Crystal Palace – Harry Kane is having a stellar 2017.

The Tottenham striker’s sparkling form in front of goal this calendar year continued on Saturday as he scored twice in a 5-1 demolition of Stoke at Wembley.

Kane has found the net 33 times in 32 league matches, part of 50 goals in 48 games in all competitions for club and country.

The 24-year-old is closing in on a notable league landmark, set by the man to whom many see Kane as the natural heir – former Blackburn, Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer.

Most Premier League goals in a calendar year

Player Club Goals Year
Alan Shearer Blackburn 36 1995
Robin van Persie Arsenal 35 2011
Thierry Henry Arsenal 34 2004
Harry Kane Tottenham 33 2017
Alan Shearer Blackburn 30 1994
Les Ferdinand Newcastle 30 1995
Ruud van Nistlerooy Manchester United 30 2003

Kane’s 33 goals are equal to, or better than, four current Premier League clubs this year – Swansea and Burnley (both 33), Crystal Palace (31) and West Brom (30).

Across Europe’s top five leagues – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – it puts him third on the list of league scorers in a calendar year, bettered only by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (38 in 35) and Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani (34 in 35).

With four fixtures left in 2017, Kane has a good chance of reaching the 37 goals he needs to surpass Shearer, who, like Kane, led the line for his country and was a talismanic figure for his hometown club (in Shearer’s case, Newcastle for whom he scored 206 league and cup goals).

Kane’s double against Stoke took him to 90 career Premier League goals, a mark he reached in 131 games.

Only Shearer has reached this number quicker in the competition’s history, doing so in 113 games en route to his record all-time tally of 260 goals in 441 games.

Shearer played until he was 35. If Kane plays until the same age, that gives him 11 years in which to score the 170 goals he needs to match Shearer’s tally, which he would manage by netting 15 goals a season until the end of the 2028-29 season.

Kane v Shearer – league goalscoring record in first eight seasons
Kane Shearer
Season Club Games Goals Season Club Games Goals
2010-11 Leyton Orient (loan) 18 5 1987-88 Southampton 5 3
2011-12 Millwall (loan) 22 7 1988-89 Southampton 10 0
2012-13 Leicester, Norwich (both loan), Tottenham 19 2 1989-90 Southampton 26 3
2013-14 Tottenham 10 3 1990-91 Southampton 36 4
2014-15 Tottenham 34 21 1991-92 Southampton 41 13
2015-16 Tottenham 38 25 1992-93 Blackburn 21 16
2016-17 Tottenham 30 29 1993-94 Blackburn 40 31
2017-18 (so far) Tottenham 15 12 1994-95 Blackburn 42 34

Oh no, not you again?!

Kane’s two goals on Saturday contributed to another heavy defeat for a Stoke side who will be sick of the sight of Spurs.

For the first time in top-flight history, the Potters suffered a defeat by four goals or more to the same opponent in four consecutive games.

Last season, City lost 4-0 in both league games against Spurs and also 4-0 in the game between the sides at Britannia Stadium in 2015-16. Kane scored six times in the three fixtures.

It could be worse, though. The current worst record for one side against another in the Premier League belongs to Crystal Palace, who have gone 17 games against Manchester United without winning, losing 14 of those.

To rub salt in Stoke’s wounds, Saturday’s result was their 1,000th top-flight defeat, making them the 15th side to reach that figure since its inception in 1888-89.

The other 14 to lose a grand’s worth of top-flight games or more are Everton (1,524), Aston Villa (1,459), Sunderland (1,300), Manchester City(1,289), Newcastle (1,261), West Brom (1,231), Arsenal (1,173), Liverpool (1,163), Tottenham (1,148), Bolton (1,144),

Chelsea (1,122), Blackburn (1,052), Manchester United (1,025), and Middlesbrough (1,006).

Salah remains Liverpool’s main man

Mohamed Salah’s 19 goals accounts for 30% of Liverpool’s goal tally this season

Kane has been prolific this season, but he is not the Premier League’s top scorer. That honour goes to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who scored his 13th goal of the season in Sunday’s Merseyside derby draw with Everton.

Sunday’s game was former Chelsea player Salah’s 24th Liverpool appearance in all competitions since joining in the summer from Roma for a reported £34m, in which he has scored a total of 19 goals – the same tally he managed in 41 games with the Italian side last season.

Mohamed Salah’s record since first moving to English football
Season Club Games Goals
2013-14 Chelsea 11 4
2014-15 Chelsea, Fiorentina (loan) 34 9
2015-16 Roma 42 15
2016-17 Roma 41 19
2017-18 Liverpool 24 19

Everton were able to salvage a draw at Anfield thanks to Wayne Rooney’s late penalty, awarded for Dejan Lovren’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

This was despite Everton having only 21.01% possession in the game. It is lowest by an Everton side since Opta began record possession stats in 2003-04, and the third lowest by any Premier League side this season.

Of the five lowest possession stats, four came against, and resulted in defeat by, Manchester City.

Lowest possession over 90 mins in Premier League 2017-18
Team and opponent Possession % Result
Huddersfield v Manchester City 20.46 1-2
Manchester City v Stoke 20.71 7-2
Liverpool v Everton 21.01 1-1
West Brom v Manchester City 21.74 2-3
Brighton v Manchester City 21.83 0-2

While we are on the subject of possession, Manchester United recorded their lowest at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2003-04 in Sunday’s loss to Manchester City – only 35%. More on the game later.

Resilient Arsenal rely on super sub Giroud again

An 88th-minute header from substitute Olivier Giroud rescued a draw for Arsenal at Southampton on Sunday.

It represents the 10th point the Gunners have gained from a losing position this season – a record matched only by league leaders Manchester City.

France striker Giroud has proved adept at coming off the bench to good effect. This represents the 17th time he has come on and scored for Arsenal, level with famed Manchester United super sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the all-time list of substitute scorers for one Premier League club.

The most goals by a substitute for more than one club is 23, by former West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland and current Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe.

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