As Tottenham’s trophy drought drags by one other barren season, Harry Kane has needed to accept statistical success instead of silverware.
Whereas it might not rank fairly as excessive as being topped the main goalscorer within the historical past of Tottenham Hotspur Soccer Membership, Kane scrawled his title onto one other line within the document books in a weird 3-3 draw in opposition to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Rising above his former teammate Kyle Walker-Peters and Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Kane nodded Tottenham forward in opposition to the Saints together with his ninth headed purpose of the Premier League season. Throughout the competitors’s 30-year historical past, solely the notorious Duncan Ferguson has ever recorded as many aerial objectives in a single season.
Huge Dunc – as he was affectionately and reverently identified – plundered his tally whereas enjoying for Everton throughout the 1997/98 marketing campaign, netting solely two league objectives together with his toes that 12 months. Ferguson’s haul included a hat-trick in opposition to Bolton Wanderers in December 1997 made up solely of headers, the primary trio ever scored solely with a participant’s skull within the competitors’s historical past.
Peter Crouch holds the document for Premier League headers throughout a whole profession, rising above the group to transform 53 aerial balls. Nevertheless, the 6’7 England worldwide’s finest effort in a single marketing campaign was seven throughout his one Premier League season with Portsmouth in 2008/09.
Previous to the present marketing campaign, Kane’s private finest for headed objectives stood at a modest six (2017/18). Nevertheless, the workaholic striker’s aerial recreation obtained a major injection when Tottenham employed the set-piece coach Gianni Vio final summer season.
The previous Unicredit banker supposedly has 4,830 lifeless ball routines filed away and labored with the Italian crew that beat Kane’s England within the ultimate of Euro 2020. Now plotting for a similar aspect, Vio’s set-piece concoctions are chargeable for 4 of Kane‘s 9 headers this season.
In opposition to Southampton, Kane did not should depend on a lifeless ball however owed the mismatch he positioned on the again publish to a dollop of misfortune for the Premier League’s backside aspect. Southampton misplaced each of their beginning centre-backs to damage throughout the opening 35 minutes and Kane pulled onto the again shoulder of the extra unorthodox substitute.
Maitland-Niles’ versatility is a blessing and a curse however centre-back is one place he isn’t solely suited to, particularly when marking one of the crucial aerially prolific centre-forwards in Premier League historical past. Kane had struggled in opposition to Jan Bednarek’s stringent man-marking earlier than the Pole limped off with a damaged rib however towered over Maitland-Niles, who stands a full 4 inches shorter than Tottenham’s talisman.
The truth is, as Opta additionally identified, solely two different Premier League golf equipment have mixed for extra headed objectives than Kane this season, with Fulham (12) and Liverpool (ten) narrowly edging out Tottenham’s airborne artist.
Kane’s scoring supremacy has been sufficient to stretch past the Premier League period, as demonstrated when he surpassed the tally of Tottenham objectives that Jimmy Greaves racked up within the Nineteen Sixties.
Nevertheless, in relation to headers in a single season, Kane nonetheless has some technique to go earlier than matching Dixie Dean. The Everton legend recorded a jaw-dropping tally of 40 (forty) headers whereas battering in 60 objectives throughout the 1927/28 marketing campaign in line with Scott Murray’s historical past of the First Division, The Title.
Even after this season’s exploits, Kane’s profession tally of 39 Premier League headed objectives would not match Dean’s efforts throughout his annus mirabilis. Greaves’ Tottenham document had been deemed unbeatable till Kane got here alongside however Dean’s feats appear to be protected for now.