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Harry Kane - England's Only Hope?


Harry Kane
Harry Kane

In addition to the winner of the Premier League title, the top goal scorer is a major award in English football and the most important individual honour for a striker.

Harry Kane has been the man who was won the award in two of the past three Premier League seasons. Kane finished top scorer in the 2015/16 Premier League season with 25 goals and made it a double the following season thanks to his 29 goals for Tottenham Hotspur.

The African continent has been well represented in the Premier League as for as goal scorers are concerned. Didier Drogba gets most of the headlines and rightly so but South Africa striker, Benni McCarthy finished as the second highest scorer in the 2007/08 season, and probably celebrating with a few spins at a top South African online casino.

However, it was Liverpool's Mohamed Salah who took the Golden Boot in the 2017/18 season, registering a record 32 goals to finish 2 goals above Kane in the rankings. Sergio Aguero was third but was some away off the top two goal scorers.

The emergence of Salah as a goal scorer for Liverpool means we could be about to step into another spell of non-English players dominating at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts. Between 2000 and 2016 we saw several different names at the top of the goal scoring list for the Premier League but not one of them was English.

France, Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast and Portugal were all represented but there was not one English forward who could score enough goals to topple them. Luis Suarez, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Sergio Aguero, Dimitar Berbatov, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy are some of the big name strikers who won the Premier League Golden Boot award.

Wayne Rooney was England's highest representative that season, finishing joint fourth with Australia's Mark Viduka on 14 goals. Much like traditional Aus Pokies, Viduka shined on more than one screen and produced the goods in additional seasons. The striker was the Scottish Premier League top scorer in 1999/2000 and scored over 20 goals in two different campaigns for Leeds United.

However, back to the topic of English top goal scorers and if Kane picks up an injury or has an off-season, is there another English forward capable of challenging at the top of the goal scoring table?

Raheem Sterling finished with 18 goals to his name in the 2017/18 season and continues to play well for Manchester City. If he can become more clinical in-front of goal and convert more of the chances which come his way, he could get over 20 goals per season but Aguero will always be the main man up-front for Manchester City.

With Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the charge, could we be waiting another ten years before we see another English player crowned Premier League top scorer?