Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Newcastle midfielder Keith Gillespie has backed Harry Kane to break his former teammate Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.
Kane’s penalty in Tottenham’s victory over Aston Villa on Sunday took his tally in England’s top-flight to 160 goals, which is exactly 100 behind the ex-England striker, leaving him ninth on the all-time list.
The Spurs man has averaged around 23 Premier League goals a season since breaking into the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino back in 2014, which means, providing he remains injury-free and continues at his current rate, he would overtake Shearer in four seasons.
But Kane has spent time on the sidelines with various ankle and thigh problems in recent campaigns, and Gillespie thinks that injuries are the only thing that is going to prevent the Tottenham striker from climbing to the top of charts.
He told Football FanCast:
“There’s no doubt Harry Kane is a fantastic player, he scores all types of goals. Like Shearer, you get a few extra when you take penalties, so that always helps. I think he could do it – five years, 20 goals a season. I think it all depends on injuries as well, because he’s had a few and missed a chunk of games.
“But if there’s a Premier League game and if Harry Kane is fit, he plays, that is just a given, because he’s so important to Tottenham, so he could do it. If there is one person that is going to break it, it’s someone like Harry Kane.
“If there is someone that is going to break it, it’s someone like Harry Kane. There’s a very good chance that he could.”
Despite his recent ankle problem, Kane is looking fitter and better than ever before.
If the Tottenham man remains in the Premier League for the bulk of the rest of his career, it’s difficult to see a situation where he doesn’t leapfrog Shearer.