The numbers behind Harry Kane’s inexplicable August curse

The notion of curses has been at the forefront of Tottenham’s start to the season. The idea of a ‘Wembley curse’ due to the Lilywhites’ poor record at the home of English football was the subject of discussion once again on Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated Chelsea but ended up on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat.

Interlinked with that result, however, was Harry Kane’s alleged August curse, which has seen him fail to score a goal in the first month of the Premier League season since making his debut at the start of the 2012/13 campaign – another hoodoo highlighted on Sunday as the Spurs striker cannoned an effort off the post.

Incredibly, the run has now spanned 12 August appearances, during which the 19-cap England international has produced 34 efforts at goal, two of which have hit the woodwork and eight of which have been on target. Based on his form last season – 29 goals from 72 shots on target – eight accurate efforts should have produced at least three goals by now.

Whether that’s down to Tottenham starting seasons slowly in general under Mauricio Pochettino, Kane’s routine over the summer or some mysterious black magic remains a matter of debate.

The 24-year-old has a huge last chance (at least for the next twelve months) to end the curse this weekend, however, when the north Londoners host Burnley at Wembley in their last August fixture of the campaign.

The Clarets beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, but conceded a whopping 35 times on the road last term.