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Harry Kane probably needs to forget about winning the Golden Boot.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been front and centre of the race for the award in three out of the last four seasons, winning it in both 2015/16 and 2016/17. In 2017/18, Mohamed Salah pipped Kane by two goals, scoring 32 times to the Spurs ace’s 30. In 2018/19, however, injury robbed him of the chance to beat Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the prize.
This season, though, the pace being set by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy already appears too quick to overcome.
In the Premier League alone, the retired England international has 16 goals to his name already. The next challenger, Tammy Abraham of Chelsea, has 11. Aubameyang and Marcus Rashford have 10.
Following his two-goal haul at the weekend against Burnley in a 5-0 win, Kane has nine.
In any other season, that would be fine, given that he has just 15 appearances to his name.
But the Foxes striker is rampant and has scored in all but five games. He is currently on an eight-game scoring streak.
As it stands, he is scoring a goal every game, with 16 in 16. If this current rate keeps up, he will score 38 goals at the end of the season.
Now, of course, that is not to suggest that he has the ability to do that – injuries, suspension or even a dip in Leicester’s form could derail him.
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But Kane does not appear to be in the form that he has been previously. At this point of the season, he has scored in consecutive games once – netting in a 2-1 defeat to the Foxes and in a 2-1 win over Southampton.
Two-game scoreless streaks are not unheard of for the England international. Kane currently scores a goal every 0.6 games so, extrapolated over the course of a season, he is set to score 22.8 goals or, rounded up, 23.
It would take a herculean feat for him to catch up to Vardy, who could reach that tally within the next seven games.
Of course, it remains to be seen if it even matters to Kane, who is attempting to help Jose Mourinho’s side qualify for the Champions League and potentially win a trophy for the first time since 2008.
But individual glory, already, looks out of reach.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is already emulating Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.