Kane eyes Shearer’s record, won’t catch Greaves and Rowley
Only one man now stands between Harry Kane and the all-time Premier League goal-scoring file after the Tottenham Hotspur striker scored his 209th top-flight objective in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace to go previous Wayne Rooney into second place outright.
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England captain Kane, 29, remains to be 51 objectives behind former Three Lions skipper Alan Shearer, who has occupied the highest rung on the ladder for practically 20 years.
Shearer retired in 2006 having scored 260 objectives in 441 Premier League video games throughout his four-year stint at Blackburn Rovers, the place he received the title in 1994-95, and decade at hometown membership Newcastle United.
Shearer additionally claimed three Golden Boots over consecutive Premier League seasons between 1994-95 and 1996-97.
As solely the second participant to interrupt the 200-goal barrier in England’s high flight because it grew to become the Premier League in 1992-93, Rooney had come closest to toppling Shearer. But, regardless of turning into Manchester United’s all-time high scorer over the course of his 13 years at Old Trafford, he was nonetheless 52 objectives behind by the point he scored the ultimate objective of his Premier League profession throughout a swansong season with boyhood membership Everton in 2017-18.
If Kane continues his profession within the Premier League for an additional few seasons, at Spurs or elsewhere, then it will appear solely a matter of time earlier than he overtakes Shearer. But that won’t put him on the summit of English league soccer’s goal-scoring charts — not by a good distance.
Shearer’s file (283 objectives)
Even if Kane matches Shearer’s Premier League file, the Spurs hero will nonetheless want so as to add 23 additional league objectives to his tally to equal Shearer’s total top-flight file. That is the quantity of objectives Shearer scored in 118 video games for Southampton within the outdated First Division, previous to the institution of the Premier League in 1992-93.
As such, Shearer’s total file within the English high flight stands at 283 objectives in 559 video games scored between the 1987-88 and 2005-06 seasons, after which he was pressured to retire via harm on the age of 35.
The unhealthy information for Kane is that even when he manages to attain the additional objectives required to beat each Shearer’s Premier League and First Division totals, he’ll nonetheless discover have a mountain to climb to change into the out-and-out high objective scorer in English top-flight historical past.
Indeed, the ultimate boss in Kane’s arduous quest to outscore all of them comes within the type of a fellow Tottenham legend — particularly the late, nice Jimmy Greaves.
English top-flight file (357 objectives)
While Kane might have surpassed Greaves’ long-standing file objective tally for Spurs (266 objectives in 379 video games in all competitions) to change into the membership’s all-time high scorer in February, the 29-year-old nonetheless has some option to go if he needs to interrupt Greaves’ astounding file in English soccer as an entire.
Renowned as considered one of England’s biggest pure objective scorers, Greaves scored 357 objectives in 516 leagues video games throughout stints with London trio Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham United between 1957 and 1971 — greater than some other participant within the historical past of English top-flight soccer.
To spare you the psychological arithmetic, Kane wants to stay away 148 extra league objectives to attract degree with Greaves in that regard which is a few feat, even for him.
English soccer league file (434 objectives)
Even if Kane someway beats Greaves yet again, he’ll little question be horrified to study that he nonetheless won’t be the person with probably the most league objectives scored in English soccer outright — and worse nonetheless, it isn’t even shut.
Tacking on the smattering of league objectives Kane notched throughout his childhood on mortgage at Leyton Orient (5), Millwall (seven), Norwich City (zero) and Leicester City (two), the Spurs striker can “only” boast a present total complete of 223 objectives scored in English league soccer matches.
That leaves him a whopping 211 objectives shy of the final word English soccer league file held by Arthur Rowley, who scored 434 objectives in 619 video games for West Bromwich Albion (4 objectives), Fulham (27), Leicester (251) and Shrewsbury Town (152) throughout an absurdly prolific profession between 1946 and 1965 performed within the high three divisions.
The highly effective inside-forward completed his taking part in profession holding information for probably the most league objectives scored in a single season at each Leicester (44 objectives in 1956-57) and Shrewsbury (38 objectives in 1958-59) earlier than finally shifting into administration, first with the Shrews and later at Sheffield United.
With Kane on 223 league objectives, the Spurs star wants to attain virtually as many once more between now and the tip of his profession to beat Rowley’s file. Over to you, Harry.