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Where does Harry Kane rank among the Premier League’s best-ever strikers?

Harry Kane has climbed into sixth in the Premier League all-time goalscoring charts. The striker netted a brace in Tottenham’s 5-0 win against Everton on Monday night.

The double brought Kane’s overall tally to 176 goals. It’s now one ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Moreover, the Spurs man looks set to climb even further up the table in the coming weeks. He is just one goal behind Chelsea icon Frank Lampard.

But where does Kane rank among the league’s best-ever strikers?

Is Harry Kane one of the all-time greats?

There’s no denying Kane’s sublime finishing. He has been one of the deadliest forwards in world football over the last few years.

It began with Spurs in the 2014/15 campaign, where Kane netted 21 goals. The following season, he managed 25. The total brought him his first Premier League Golden Boot. His second arrived in quick succession, with the striker clinching it the following season thanks to his 29 strikes.

Totals of 30, 17, and 18 followed. A third Golden Boot then went his way in 2020/21, with the Spurs star bagging 23 goals.

Kane is only the third player to win the award for a third time. He has undoubtedly set his sights on Henry’s record, with the ex-Arsenal man winning the Golden Boot a record four times.

That milestone may, however, be out of reach this season. Kane has 10 league goals to his name, nine behind leader Mohamed Salah.

Of course, modern strikers are more than just goals. The Spurs forward has chipped in with three assists this season, forming a deadly partnership with Son Heung-Min.

The duo last month broke the record for goal combinations. They have combined for a total of 37 Premier League goals, overtaking Chelsea pair Lampard and Didier Drogba.

Kane’s goals per match ratio is also hugely impressive. He boasts a figure of 0.65 goals per match. In the top ten all-time goalscorers, only Henry (0.68) and Sergio Aguero (0.67) have better figures.

How quickly can Kane climb the leaderboard?

At 28, Kane has plenty of years ahead of him. Football fans in general have, however, urged the striker to find a new club in order to fully fulfil his potential.

Spurs have boosted their top four hopes this season with their latest victory. And Kane certainly has talented players around him. Son is one of the most potent attackers in the league, while recent recruit Dejan Kulusevski has immediately hit the ground running.

Manager Antonio Conte meanwhile is more than capable of challenging the big guns. But if he does remain at Spurs, how quickly can Kane overtake some of the league’s best-ever goalscorers?

One goal brings him level with Lampard, while eight will tie him with Aguero. Andrew Cole’s 187 meanwhile is just 11 away. Reaching that total would put Kane joint-third in the all-time list.

And slightly further along the horizon is Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United hero sits on 208. Alan Shearer’s 260 meanwhile certainly isn’t on the cards just yet.

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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