Kane Desperately Needs to Rediscover his Mojo Before the World Cup

Harry Kane

A lot of bettors may have fancied a punt on Harry Kane to end the World Cup as the top goal scorer this summer, something that would not be out of the question in the striker’s remarkable rise to the top. There is no doubt that the Tottenham Hotspur talisman is England’s best hope at progressing in the tournament, but in the latter half of the Premier League campaign, the sharpshooter has struggled for form. With Russia right around the corner, Kane desperately needs to rediscover his devastating eye for goal.

Before the last World Cup in Brazil, Kane had played a total of 641 minutes of top-flight football for Spurs over the course of two seasons. It was only when Mauricio Pochettino stepped into the hot seat at White Hart Lane that Kane emerged as one of the hottest prospects in English football. The Argentine saw Kane’s potential, and the youngster quickly became Spurs’ first choice centre-forward.

In his breakthrough season in 2014-15, Kane became a regular for the Lilywhites in the league from November. Despite starting late, he still managed to register 21 goals and 7 assists in 2581 minutes of football. That’s a goal every 122 minutes, which is hugely impressive for a debut campaign. To put that in perspective, Sergio Aguero, generally considered one of the best strikers in Premier League history, scored every 112 minutes in his first year at Manchester City.

Kane followed up his impressive debut by improving on it in the two seasons that followed. He scored 25 goals in the 2015-16 campaign and 29 goals in 2016-17, claiming the Golden Boot on both occasions. The England forward quickly became a shoo-in for the national squad, and it didn’t take long for him to be the first choice striker for the Three Lions.

Kane can be found at $17.00 in the latest football odds to finish the World Cup with more goals than anyone else. The 24-year-old’s record for England has been impressive up to now, and he has bagged 12 goals in 23 starts. But his form going into the tournament is not as prolific as manager Gareth Southgate may have hoped. Kane was at his best around Christmas time, when he bagged back-to-back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton. Kane only scored eight goals in the sixteen games that followed, and his last brace came on the 13th of January in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Everton.

If England are to have any hope of making it to the latter stages of this year’s tournament in Russia, they need Kane to be firing on all cylinders. Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli will be expected to chip in with goals, but Southgate is surely planning on playing to the Spurs striker’s strengths. With the likes of France’s Antoine Griezmann, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, and Brazil’s Neymar also vying to top the scoring charts, Kane will have his work cut out. Could the World Cup be the England star’s opportunity to write another chapter in his incredible fairy-tale?

May 8, 2018: Posted in Blog No Comments

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