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Is Harry Kane really the most clinical striker in England?

Harry, Harry Kane!
harry, Harry Kane!
he’s gone and scored again!
harry, Harry Kane!

There’s now a sense of inevitability when the ball falls to Harry Kane. If the Spurs striker is anywhere close to goal, the fans rise from their seats in anticipation. There’s then one or two touches before Kane smashes the ball past the helpless keeper. In terms of true centre forwards, Kane is right at the very top. His accuracy in front of goal seems incredible. One could even ask ‘does Harry Kane every actually miss?’. The answer is of course ‘yes’. What’s interesting is that he misses a lot more than you probably expect.

Shot to goal ratio

29 goals in just 30 appearances. Forget the coveted striker that scores a goal every other game, Kane scores one per match. The Spurs front man finished 4 clear goals ahead of Lukaku. In total, there were 5  players with 20 Premier League goals. There were a further 7 players that netted between 15-19 goals.

The top 5 (Kane, Lukaku, Sanchez, Costa (when he wasn’t on strike) and Aguero) all clearly had brilliant seasons. Scoring 20+ Premier League goals is not an east feat. However, when it comes to accuracy, the winner is actually the United tank-in-residence, Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker is sometimes criticised for missing opportunities but he had the best shot-to-goal ratio in the top 5 last year. Lukaku converted once from every 3.0 shots taken. Meanwhile, Kane needed 3.7 and Aguero required 4.5 shots before each goal scored.

Creativity Machine

Harry Kane typically starts his goal celebration by running to Deli Alli or Eriksen to thank them for the incisive through ball / pin perfect pass. Spurs are an assist machine. There’s so much talent behind Kane that he’s always presented with numerous chances. This season, Kane is actually taking 6.3 shots before converting. The England striker does take more long-range efforts but it’s still quite apparent that Kane does need quite a lot of chances before converting.

The 2016/2017 Winner?

Who had the best shots to goal (minimum 15 goals) ratio in the Premier League last season? Take a bow, Fernando Llorente. Kane’s new team mate scored 15 times last season and incredibly only required 1.6 shots for each goal scored. Add in the creativity of the Spurs midfield this campaign, the Spaniard could prove to be a brilliant backup to Kane (can’t be any worse than Vincent Janssen, sorry).

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