A statistical look at Tottenham star Harry Kane's 2017

Tom White 26/12/2017
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Harry Kane broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year as he netted a hat-trick against Southampton.

The Tottenham striker matched Alan Shearer’s previous record of 36 with his treble in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley, and on Boxing Day he repeated the three-goal feat against Southampton.

His 37th, 38th and 39th goals of the year helped Spurs to a 5-2 win over Saints at Wembley.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at Kane’s historic 2017.

  • Kane has scored 39 goals in 36 league appearances. Shearer played 42 matches in 1995 when he set the previous record.
  • The Spurs man scored 21 goals in the 2017 portion of last season and has 18 this term. He only had eight by the turn of the year last season.
  • Kane’s hat-trick against Southampton was his sixth of the year in the league. He struck three times in games against West Brom, Stoke and Hull last season and four against Leicester in May, before adding his weekend treble at Burnley.

  • 37 of Kane’s 39 goals have come in Tottenham wins, the only exceptions coming in last month’s 1-1 draw with West Brom and 2-1 loss to Leicester.
  • He has scored 20 times in home games and 19 away.
  • May and December were his highest-scoring months with eight goals in each. In May he scored one in victory over Manchester United before firing four against Leicester and three against Hull. This month he struck twice against Stoke before his back-to-back hat-tricks.

Most Premier League goals in a calendar year

1 Harry Kane, 39, Tottenham, 2017

2 Alan Shearer, 36, Blackburn, 1995

3 Robin van Persie, 35, Arsenal, 2011

4 Thierry Henry, 34, Arsenal, 2004

5= Ruud van Nistelrooy, 30, Manchester United, 2003

5= Les Ferdinand, 30, QPR/Newcastle, 1995

5= Alan Shearer, 30, Blackburn, 1994 

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Analysis of Kane's record-breaking performance for Spurs

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It was the Harry Kane show at Wembley on Tuesday as Tottenham romped to a 5-2 win over Southampton.

A hat-trick from the Kane talisman – which saw him set a new record for Premier League goals in a calendar year (39) and also overtake Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi for most goals in 2017 (56) – was accompanied by strikes from Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son.

Meanwhile, Sofiane Boufhal and Dusan Tadic pulled a couple of goals back for the visitors.

Here, we focus on Kane’s performance.

Basic stats

Goals – 3

Shots – 8

Shots on target – 3

Dribbles – 0

Passes – 27

Key passes – 0

Pass Accuracy – 74.1%

Touches – 42

Dispossessed – 1

Effectiveness

After a hat-trick against Burnley, Kane looked even more dangerous at home to Southampton. He was in his element and it showed from the start as he went close to opening the scoring with just six minutes on the clock.

His movement was exceptional throughout the game, but it must be said the marking from Oriol Romeu for the first goal was non-existent. Kane had the easiest time staying ahead of the midfielder and nodding in from close range.

Southampton were carved open for his second, leaving the striker with the easiest of tap-ins. His confidence was clearly through the roof though as his attempt to lob the keeper from 30 yards out just before the break indicated as much.

His movement came to the fore again for Son’s goal as his clever run dragged the two Southampton defenders wide, allowing the midfielder to run into the space and score from Alli’s pass.

Kane was at the heart of several Spurs attacks and could well have had more to his name. His chipped finish to complete his hat-trick spoke volumes of the kind of form he was in on the day.

Kane scores his second

Kane scores his second

Key moments

6th min: Alli drives through the middle and plays in Eriksen who gets into the box and squares it for Kane. He does well to get on the end of it but can only stab it wide of the near post.

22nd min: Eriksen whips in free-kick and Kane can’t miss with a header from a couple of yards out.

39th min: Alli makes his way past a couple of players and spreads it wide to Son who lays it on a plate for Kane to tap in for his second.

45 + 2nd min: Just before the half-time whistle can go, Kane carries the ball forward and catches Fraser Forster off his line with an audacious lob from outside the area but it goes just over.

51st min: Alli plays in Son who scores on the break but it was Kane’s intelligent run that dragged two defenders wide and made space for the Korean’s run.

57th min: Kane attempts a superb volley from a long ball played over the top by Danny Rose but his effort goes agonisingly wide.

67th min: Alli plays Kane through and the striker completes his hat-trick with a cheeky chip over Forster.

Our verdict

If this isn’t a performance that earns a player full-marks, what is? Kane was superb on the day and looked like scoring every time he made a run forward. His movement was outstanding but he also worked incredibly hard for the team, as he always does.

10/10

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

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All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com

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Harry Kane set a new record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year as the Tottenham forward scored for the 37th and 38th time in 2017.

Kane’s 22nd minute header against Southampton at Wembley on Tuesday took him past Alan Shearer’s previous record, which was set when he played for Blackburn in 1995.

The 24-year-old admitted he was keen to break Shearer’s record after he moved level with the former England star with a hat-trick in Tottenham’s win at Burnley on Saturday.

The striker then scored a tap-in in the 39th minute to overtake Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi for the most goals in 2017. The Englishman now has 55 goals for the year, while the Argentine finished on 54.

Kane now has 23 goals for Tottenham in all competitions this season.

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