Harry Kane: The King of Boxing Day
For a lot of people, the holidays are a rare opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family, but there is one team—and one man in particular—who has made quite a habit of ruining the festive spirit, at least as far as Premier League defenders are concerned. Whenever English football’s greatest spectacle, Boxing Day, comes around, Tottenham Hotspur and star striker Harry Kane seem to hit another gear and turn into an almost unstoppable force.
By the Numbers
At this point, it is an annual tradition for Harry Kane to hit the back of the net on the day after Christmas. In the five Boxing Day matches the 27-year-old has featured in, he has scored an absurd eight goals, putting him joint second in the top five all-time Boxing Day scorers, level with Alan Shearer and Robbie Keane. In 2015/16, he hit a brace against his former club Norwich City; two years later, he netted a hat trick versus Southampton. Simply put, Harry Kane cannot stop scoring on December 26.
But it is by no means a one-man show. Kane’s supporting cast also seems to take it up a notch during the festive period. Tottenham has racked up 30 goals in its last 10 post-Christmas games. Incredibly, the North Londoners did not lose a single Boxing Day fixture during the 2010s, and they failed to win only once.
The Mourinho Effect
This season, Spurs coach José Mourinho has emphatically proved to his doubters that he is far from past it. The charismatic manager has his side playing like genuine title contenders, and Harry Kane has hit a rich vein of form under the stewardship of the 57-year-old.
Kane’s strike partnership with Son Heung-min has blossomed into something special; the two have combined for 31 goals so far this term. Only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba teamed up for more in Premier League history. Kane has been showcasing his complete skill set week in and week out, confirming what everybody already kind of knew: that he is more than just a pure goal scorer.
The Englishman’s work rate, his range of passing, and above all his movement and understanding with Son have transformed Spurs into the Premier League’s in-form team, already comfortably disposing of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City this season.
As the only active player in the Boxing Day top five all-time scorers list, Kane has a great chance of equaling or perhaps even breaking Robbie Fowler’s record of nine goals this year when the burgeoning Spurs square up with an inconsistent Wolves side.
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