After yet another difficult August, Harry Kane has regained his mojo. For some reason, the Tottenham Hotspur star tends to struggle in the opening month of the season – in fact, he is yet to score a Premier League goal in August.
But anybody writing Kane off needs to have a serious rethink. Since the start of September, he has scored six goals in five appearances for club and country, including a brace in England’s 4-0 victory over Malta. Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot award in each of the last two seasons and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Spurs star up there once again.
Mauricio Pochettino knows just how central Kane is to Tottenham’s chances of challenging for the top flight title and he will be hoping that the 24-year-old can emulate his goal scoring exploits from the 2016/17 campaign.
Last season, Kane notched 29 goals in 30 league appearances – an incredible achievement to say the least. His record was made all the more impressive after he was ruled out for an extended spell after suffering an injury midway through September. Despite missing close to six weeks of the campaign, Kane was still able to maintain his phenomenal scoring record of almost one game per game.
At the time of writing, Kane is a 7/2 shot in Premier League betting markets for the Golden Boot award. Winning the coveted accolade for the third year in a row would be some effort; only top flight legend Alan Shearer and all-time great Thierry Henry have managed to win the award in three consecutive seasons.
Being part of this exclusive club with two legends of the sport may spur Kane on as he looks to pip Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero to the award. His two rivals are currently ahead with five goals so far but we all know that Kane gets stronger at the business end of the season.
But it would be foolish to suggest that Spurs are a one-man team by any stretch. Since his appointment at White Hart Lane back in 2014, Pochettino has built Tottenham into an elite defensive unit. Only Thibaut Courtois (16) kept more clean sheets than Hugo Lloris (15) last season.
Hugo Lloris kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League last season, only Thibaut Courtois kept more (16).— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) August 13, 2017
So far this campaign, Spurs have kept three clean sheets in their five Premier League games and the likes of Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier have helped to fill the void left by Kyle Walker, as has former Ajax man Davinson Sanchez. A reliable defensive effort could make all the difference as Spurs look to finish in the Champions League spots once again.
When Kane gets going, he is almost unstoppable and Tottenham fans will be expecting big things from the England man in the coming months. Playing at Wembley has been a minor distraction for Spurs in the early stages of the season but Pochettino’s men will adjust.
It is a long old campaign but Kane has the credentials, the previous record and the talent to pip his rivals to the Golden Boot for the third year in a row. Who knows, a top four finish could also be on the cards if Kane hits top form.