Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy believes England should ‘build the team around’ Lilywhites local boy Harry Kane, after the striker bagged his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in his side’s come-from-behind home win against Arsenal in the Premier League.
Where that leaves the Three Lions’ current cadre of frontmen, particularly Liverpool’s returning hotshot Daniel Sturridge, remains to be seen.
After his awesome first full term at Anfield in 2013/14, Sturridge has started just three times for Liverpool this season due to a series of injuries, but plenty of parallels between him and Kane can be seen by comparing their ‘breakout’ campaigns.
Kane could extend his current Premier League scoring streak to 11-plus in ten games if he gets on the scoresheet tonight (priced at 8/5), while Sturridge needs to build up quite a head of steam before beating the personal best he set between November 2013 and March last year.
Liverpool and Spurs managed practically identical all-competition win rates with Sturridge and Kane in their sides during the aforementioned timeframes, although the Lilywhites have lost a higher proportion of matches with the latter absent than the Reds did when the former was missing.
Their respective goal-per-minute records in the Premier League are as good as equal as well, but Kane has clearly shown himself to be more of a man for the big occasions in recent months.
Two goals in the 5-3 win at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day have been followed up with a couple of braces since, including in the victory over Arsenal, who Spurs beat for the first time in five attempts over the weekend.
Kane has therefore notched four times in four top-flight appearances against other members of a mythical ‘big six’; namely Chelsea, Manchester’s City and United, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Does this make Kane the player Roy Hodgson must rebuild his England team around at the expense of the prolific Brummie?
Probably not, as Sturridge has a tendency to drift into right-forward positions, while Kane looks an out-and-out number nine at present. It’s likely they would complement each other well in a three-man forward line, probably with Raheem Sterling in behind or wide left.
Sturridge, who has scored once in three appearances since returning from five months out injured a couple of weeks ago, is 6/4 favourite to bag an anytime strike at Anfield.