Premier League Fans’ Top 5: Kane, Long, Costa hit doubles

Sport360 staff 16:08 27/12/2015
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England striker Kane has netted 27 Premier League goals in 2015.

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1) HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM) – 7.95

The England striker is joint-top of this week’s ratings and his double-salvo in the convincing 3-0 home victory over Norwich meant he also bagged a club record for the north London outfit. Kane has now scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015 and surpassed the previous landmark set in a calendar year by Teddy Sheringham. At just 22, Kane is the main man in Spurs’ push to secure Champions League football (Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently fourth in the table) and the boyhood Whites fan is clearly relishing the limelight – which was evident in the way in which he tucked home a first-half penalty and then showed great composure to beat Declan Rudd from a tight angle for his second goal of the match.

2) SHANE LONG (SOUTHAMPTON) – 7.95

The Republic of Ireland star proved he was a more than capable replacement to play as a lone striker in place of the injured Graziano Pelle as he netted two goals in a stunning 4-0 rout for Ronald Koeman’s side over title-chasing Arsenal. Long’s pace, energy and willingness to never give the Gunners defence a moment’s peace underpinned an outstanding win for the South Coast club. The 28-year-old showed strength to brush off Laurent Koscielny and tuck home Sadio Mane’s pass for his first of the night, before he added a second late on, a few minutes after striking the post with another attempt.

3) MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (STOKE CITY) – 7.68
Stoke City brushed aside a hapless Manchester United and the Austrian was instrumental in a comfortable 2-0 success for Mark Hughes’ men. Arnautovic, who has netted six Premier League goals this season, has a knack of scoring against the big boys – having put United, Manchester City and Chelsea to the sword. The 26-year-old produced a sublime finish outside the area for Stoke’s second, showing once again he has terrific finesse on the ball, as well as a powerful physical presence.

4) JACK BUTLAND (STOKE CITY) – 7.64

Butland produced a fine display between the sticks to help his team ease to a 2-0 win over Manchester United and is easily one of the most in-form goalkeepers in the English Premier League. The former Birmingham shot-stopper, who has been at the Britannia Stadium since 2013, made saves to deny Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata and looked assured everytime he was called upon.

5) DIEGO COSTA (CHELSEA) – 7.55
The Spaniard has endured a difficult season at Stamford Bridge but as we approach 2016, maybe there are signs the 27-year-old is recapturing the form which made him such a hit during his first season in England. Costa, who had a difficult relationship with Jose Mourinho, was given license to lead the Blues’ attack by new boss Guus Hiddink and repaid that faith with a brace in the 2-2 draw with Watford. The forward showed nice composure to hook in the opening goal of the match, and after a Watford comeback, he then levelled the London encounter in the 65th minute with a typical clinical finish.

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