Harry Kane has suddenly become the main talking point in pubs, at office water coolers, and on the back pages, across the country. The 21-year-old Tottenham striker has taken advantage of a misfiring Roberto Soldado and an uninterested Emmanuel Adebayor to stamp his place firmly on the Spurs team sheet – and he’s made Roy Hodgson sit up and take notice. This month, Danny Murphy, among others, has gone on record to say that the England team should be built around Kane. Admittedly Danny Murphy may not be the fountain of World Cup winning knowledge, but still, Wayne who?
There will be football fans (probably supporting other clubs in the London area) who will not join in the Harry Kane media love-in. But why shouldn’t they? A young English striker has just scored a brace to win the North London derby, taking his tally to 10 goals in the last nine Premier League games. He also bagged a brace in Tottenham’s 5-3 demolition of Chelsea at White Hart Lane and has left John Terry waking up every night in a cold sweat. Nobody knows if Harry Kane will eventually reach his full potential, or if he’ll end up another young Premier League star who failed to live up to the hype (see A. Januzaj), but let’s all enjoy the ride.
After all, not one player in Europe’s top five leagues has more league goals than Kane in the last two months, and the only player that can equal his tally is Lionel Messi. Harry Kane can take bragging rights over the Barcelona man though, as his 10 goals have come from just 35 shots, to Messi’s 38.
- Kane has scored in seven of Tottenham’s nine league games since December 12. If you had put £5 each-way on him to score in each of those nine games, you’d currently have a very handy profit of £170.02 in your back pocket.
- Tottenham have won 13 games this season and eight of them have finished 2-1 to Spurs, including Saturday’s derby against Arsenal. If you had put £5 on Tottenham to win each game 2-1 this season you would currently have a massive £253 in profit sitting in your e-balance. That’s a cheeky start to the holiday fund already.
- Arsenal may have broken the deadlock in Tottenham’s 2-1 win on Saturday, but in three other games since December 12, Kane has scored first in a 2-1 win for Tottenham.
In Tuesday’s match at Anfield, Kane is a 6/1 shot to score first. That’s the biggest price he has been since Tottenham faced Chelsea on New Year’s Day and one that on first glance looks like a very tasty price. We don’t know what the traders have been drinking this weekend, but when Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli, are all shorter in the first goal scorer market than Harry Kane, you should probably take advantage of the Spurs striker.
If you fancy an extra bit of spice to your Tuesday night, it might be worth getting involved in Tottenham to win 2-1, far and away their most profitable scoreline this year. They are 12/1 to make it nine 2-1 Premier League victories this season, and we’re more than tempted to get stuck into the 45/1 scorecast of Harry Kane to score first and Spurs to win 2-1.
Eat your heart out, Lionel Messi.