Harry Kane may be trophy-less – monumental Audi Cup triumph aside – but he’s bloody good at football and he certainly knows where the back of the net is.
His evolution into a goalscorer-cum-playmaker is yet to impact his remarkable scoring rate, but Erling Haaland’s majesty has overshadowed what’s been a quite magnificent 2022/23 season for Kane thus far. While Tottenham have often been indifferent, Kane hasn’t missed a beat as he’s scored 15 times in 18 league appearances.
The striker’s pursuit of Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League scoring record is coming along nicely, and he’d be well on course to lift his fourth Golden Boot if it wasn’t for the lab-cultivated Norwegian.
Before Shearer, though, Kane has his sights set on Jimmy Greaves’ all-time scoring record for the Lilywhites. The contemporary great moved to within one of Greavsie’s 266 strikes with his fine finish against FA Cup against Portsmouth meaning another landmark goal is in the offing.
Here’s a reminder of some of Kane’s landmark strikes.
Let’s just say that Kane’s first Tottenham goal arrived at a time when he wasn’t exactly rated by Tottenham supporters. Sure, he was just a kid, but the lumbering forward had done little to suggest he’d later develop into the club’s greatest-ever goalscorer.
Rafael van der Vaart certainly didn’t foreshadow it either.
Nevertheless, Kane’s first Spurs goal arrived in an eventually inconsequential Europa League group stage clash against Shamrock Rovers back in 2011. The then-18-year-old tidily spun his marker before finishing to open his account.
2013/14 was a weird time to be alive for Tottenham supporters. A huge spending spree in the summer following Gareth Bale’s departure triggered a ton of excitement, but the campaign was borderline disastrous despite a respectable sixth-place finish.
Big-money arrival Roberto Soldado struggled to find his feet, and Spurs were kept afloat for a period thanks to an unexpected Emmanuel Adebayor resurgence under Tim Sherwood.
Kane, meanwhile, who had recently endured miserable loan spells at Norwich and Leicester, earned his fair share of opportunities towards the end of the season and he scored his first Premier League goal in a 5-1 thumping of Sunderland on Monday Night Football.
Kane tapped home from a teasing Christian Eriksen cross to give Spurs the lead on the night.
Kane’s maiden Tottenham hat-trick is best remembered for his brief stint in goal to conclude the match.
Spurs’ hero on the night took Hugo Lloris’ gloves following his late dismissal and rather embarrassingly conceded with the first shot he faced.
It was a distinctly inglorious moment for Kane, whose first Spurs hat-trick was also overshadowed by Erik Lamela’s stunning rabona finish.
Kane has a fetish for playing the Foxes. He’s scored 20 times against them in 19 appearances and his first Premier League hat-trick arrived against Nigel Pearson’s relegation-threatened side in March 2015.
This was far from a vintage trifecta – a tap-in, deflected effort, and a penalty – but Kane would save his prettier hat-tricks for a later date.
Those poor Foxes again, eh?
Kane’s prestige was growing at an exponential rate following his breakout 2014/15 season and his 50th Spurs goal arrived midway through the 2015/16 campaign in an FA Cup tie against the eventual Premier League winners.
The Englishman forced a replay when he converted his penalty in the closing stages.
After finishing third in 2015/16, Tottenham qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
And while the 2016/17 season was their best in Premier League history, Spurs’ European campaign was nothing short of dismal. The Lilywhites struggled in a seemingly tame group, but they were without their talisman for much of the first phase.
Nevertheless, by the time Kane returned from an ankle injury for the Matchday 5 clash against an excellent Monaco side, Spurs were on the brink.
Kane scored his first Champions League goal from the spot, but Monaco’s victory eliminated Mauricio Pochettino’s side from the competition.
Kane’s August hoodoo continued at the start of the 2017/18 season, but he was quickly among the goals once September rolled around.
The England international scored his 100th Tottenham goal with a mishit cross at Goodison Park before scoring his 101st at the start of the second-half.
There were probably more desirable environments for Kane to score his 200th Tottenham goal, it has to be said.
Nevertheless, Spurs’ hitman hit the milestone on his 300th appearances for the club away at Ludogorets in a Europa League group stage encounter – a campaign that’d eventually end in a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb, whose manager was genuinely in prison.
Kane headed home from a corner for goal number 200.
Kane’s 150th Premier League goal arrived just days after he notched his 200th Tottenham strike.
Kane became the third-fastest player to reach the milestone when he smartly lifted Matt Doherty’s pass over Sam Johnstone for a late Spurs winner at the Hawthorns.
Only Sergio Aguero (217) and Alan Shearer (212) reached the milestone in fewer games than Kane (218).
A couple of managers were chewed up and spat out by Daniel Levy in between Kane’s 200th and 250th Tottenham goals.
Antonio Conte was at the helm for the latter as the arrival of set-piece coach Gianni Vio paid early dividends with Kane converting at the back post after Son Heung-min’s in-swinging corner was flicked on by Ivan Perisic.
A simple finish, but a significant one nonetheless.
Tottenham’s annual defeat at the Emirates was miserable, but Kane was still able to make a bit of history in the first half when he scored yet another derby penalty.
His cool finish from 12 yards meant he became the first player in Premier League history to score 100 goals away from home.