Has Harry Kane earned his place as Europe’s best striker?

Harry Kane has once again silenced the vacillating winds of the public court with a top drawer performance in Europe.

In front of the biggest of audiences, against the harshest of critics, the 24-year old put up a fine act as he inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a remarkable comeback; one that saw them register a 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League during the week.

With two glorious away goals to take into the return fixture in Wembley scheduled for next month, Spurs inevitably hold the bargaining chip that may very well send them to the quarter-final of the Champions League, for only the second time in their history.

For this reason, does Kane’s integral influence on Spurs finally rank him as the best striker in Europe?

 

Record breaker

Harry Kane became Tottenham’s all time leading goal scorer in the Premier back in January. He also surpassed Alan Shearer’s 22-year record for the most Premier League goals scored within a calendar year, when he took his tally for 2017 to 39 goals.

If this achievement was just more fodder for the naysayers, then his landmark in Europe certainly put him on the map.

The England international scored a whopping 56 goals for both club and country, making him top scorer in Europe ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Big match player

Greatness is as greatness does and for Harry Kane, it is simply turning up for the big occasions.

The forward has over the course of the season stamped his authority in big matches, featuring heavily with goals against Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus, not to mention his domestic dominance against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

 

Golden boot

Kane has thus far found the back of the net 33 times in all competitions, 23 of which have come in the Premier League.

The tally hoists him head and shoulder above the rest; one that might just see him clinch his third golden boot on the trot.

Be that as it may, his individual brilliance and goal scoring prowess may have attracted some applause, but it is the ability to win silverware that will turn the applause into a standing ovation.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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