In bagging the brace that consigned Aston Villa to yet another defeat, Tottenham striker Harry Kane moved level with Jamie Vardy in the Premier League’s goal-scoring charts and into favouritism for the division’s Golden Boot with bwin.com.
He has seemingly come from nowhere to lead the race, just like he did last season when surprising everyone with his goal tallies.
However, any punters about to pile their hard-earned cash on to the 5/2 about the Lilywhites’ man claiming the top-flight’s scoring title must be warned, a cold streak could be coming his way.
Already Kane has shown signs of flagging. The Villa goals were just his second and third strikes in his last seven outings, but a replication of the slump he suffered towards the back end of last season would be disastrous to his cause.
England’s latest striking prodigy was famously ran into the ground by club and country last term, playing 53 games by the time he represented Gareth Southgate’s U21 side in an embarrassing European Championship campaign that summer.
That could explain why, in the final eight games of the top-flight campaign, Kane managed to score just twice.
Fast forward 12 months and the 22-year-old has eight Premier League assignments remaining and once again he has been heavily used by his manager.
A lack of alternatives up front has made Mauricio Pochettino reticent to rest Kane too often, which could prove to be detrimental to both the striker’s pursuit of personal trinkets and the club’s title tilt.
If that slump leads many to think the Golden Boot is Vardy’s for the taking, think again. The Foxes’ front man has scored just four times in his last 13 league games.
However, another striker who is key to his side’s championship chances, but is a very fast finisher on the scoring front, is Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
He scored nine goals in the final eight Premier League games of last season. He also hit four in the home stretch of 2013/14.
Three goals separate him from the leading duo this term, but at 9/2 he could be worth siding with as Kane fluffs his lines.