Harry Kane tops the Premier League in eight statistical categories

Sam Preston April 29, 2021
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Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane has gone to a new level this season, there’s no doubt about it.

His goals – and partnership with Son Heung-min – were the main reason Spurs hit the Premier League summit earlier in the season.

And, even as the team’s performances have tailed off, Kane has kept his standards sky high. He has arguably become even better as he desperately tries to drag his struggling side into the Champions League places.

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Kane is Tottenham’s top goalscorer and assist creator. But his impact goes far further than that

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Data from FBRef reveals the England captain is the number one player in the Premier League in eight statistical categories.

Leading the stats

  • Goals (21) Mo Salah is next on 20
  • Assists (13) Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes have 11
  • Goals and assists per 90 (1.16) No other player has more than 1.0
  • Non-penalty goals (17) Son is joint second with 14
  • xG (17.3) Salah is level with Kane
  • Total shots (114) No-one else has had more than 100
  • Shots per 90 (3.9) Aleksandar Mitrovic has 3.66
  • Shots on target (41) No-one has more than 40

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Kane has always been a single-minded shot-taker with the accuracy to justify it. He’s also a threat in the air at 6ft 2in.

But his assists have gone through the roof this season and it’s also clear from the stats he doesn’t just rely on penalties for his goals.

Kane’s influence isn’t limited to the above categories either. He’s actually in the top ten in the following 11 Premier League categories:

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  • Goals per 90 (0.84) Kane ranks second
  • Penalties scored (4) ranks joint fifth
  • Non-penalty goals per 90 (0.58) ranks third
  • xG per 90 (0.59) ranks joint second
  • Non-penalty xG per 90 (0.49) ranks fifth
  • xA (6.5) ranks seventh; Son is fourth
  • Shots on target per 90 (1.4) ranks second
  • Goals above xG (3.7) ranks joint fourth
  • Through balls (12) ranks joint third
  • Goal-creating actions (22) ranks second
  • GCA per 90 (0.75) ranks joint fourth
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It has been another season without team glory for Kane at Spurs but he’s one of the leading contenders for the PFA player of the year award.

During Project Restart, he looked leggy after returning from injury. Some Tottenham fans may have wondered where their hero would go from there.

But this season Kane has come back fitter than ever while revealing another side to his game.

There’s an argument for saying he’s the best player in the division. Comparing him with his peers only strengthens that viewpoint.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be doing everything in his power to keep Kane at Spurs.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.