It is fair to say that Tottenham are enjoying Harry Kane’s latest selection of goals. In fact, in the eight Premier League games in which he has been among the scorers, Spurs have taken 22 points from the 24 available.
Kane’s minutes-to-goal ratio is currently better than Jurgen Klinsmann’s for Tottenham and he is sure to be one of the biggest talking points of 2015, especially in terms of England opportunities.
However, before pundits and alike start immediately placing Kane in Roy Hodgson’s next starting XI for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania. There is another young striker that arguably warrants even greater consideration.
Having stepped off the bench to score an injury-time winner for Tottenham at Aston Villa in early November, Kane has been a regular first-team starter for Mauricio Pochettino.
Yet, in the ten rounds of Premier League action since, Kane is being bettered by another English striker in numerous attacking areas. The below graphic shows where.
Charlie Austin is the top scorer in the Premier League in this period, despite missing a match through suspension after getting sent off in the victory over Burnley.
This is also despite Austin drawing blanks in QPR’s last two home matches against Crystal Palace and Swansea.
But this lack of goals is not for the want of trying, as no player in the division has fired in more shots than the QPR striker across the last two weeks of fixtures.
Austin has scored four more goals than any other Englishman in the Premier League this season and there is little doubt that it is only the fact that he plays for one of the clubs in the lower rungs of the table that may hinder his international credentials.
He is currently 16/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season and is two adrift of the 14 netted by Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa at present.