Faced with his 23rd penalty in a Tottenham shirt, few expected Harry Kane to do anything other than hit the back of the net against Norwich on Saturday.
Like clockwork, he did. And in doing so it meant he’d scored his 20th spot-kick in a Spurs shirt with only three misses during that prolific run.
It’s trait that is evident throughout his game; whatever he does, he tends to find the net more often than not. Be it his chance conversion or simply popping up at the right place at the right time, he’s normally always on the scoresheet.
Yet again he did so in the 2-2 draw against Norwich, rescuing his side a point in the process, and it begs the question, where would Spurs be without their star forward?
136 goals worse off, to be precise.
Yes, as per Opta, only Alan Shearer (145) and Sergio Aguero (138) have scored more Premier League goals in their first 200 appearances in the competition than Harry Kane. His influence on the side is unparalleled, and when pitted against a pair of top-flight legends in Shearer and Aguero, it is little wonder why he is so highly regarded.
136 – Only Alan Shearer (145) and Sergio Aguero (138) have scored more Premier League goals in their first 200 appearances in the competition than Harry Kane (136). Bagsman. pic.twitter.com/iNWHVIZehW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2019
The former went on to become the division’s all-time leading goalscorer with 260, while the Manchester City striker has bagged a sensational 173 goals in the Premier League to date.
Kane is five years younger than Aguero, so there is little to suggest he can’t go on to match, and indeed surpass, the Argentine’s record before he hangs his boots up. Heck, it’ll take some doing, but Shearer’s tally has to be within his sights as well.
By his exceptional standards, this season he’s been a bit goal-shy. Well, he’s still netted 11 goals in 19 games, but not sitting atop, or at least close to, the top end of the scoring charts is unknown territory for the Englishman.
Under José Mourinho’s Tottenham have begun their climb up the table, with Spurs now in fifth, having been 15th when the Portuguese took over.
Getting the best out of Kane is crucial to Mourinho’s success, but equally, whoever is at the helm needn’t worry about that all too much. Kane scores goals, lots of them, and that doesn’t look like easing off anytime soon.