Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will have to break his August curse if Spurs are to get ahead in their quest for a Premier League title.
The idea that he is a one season wonder is well and truly dead. Three consecutive outstanding seasons have not just dispelled doubters but have propelled Harry Kane to be one of the leading strikers in Europe. His Golden Boot performance last year has risen expectations on the Englishman and he is relishing the task ahead.
However there is a small hurdle for him to overcome. In his four seasons as part of Tottenham’s first team he has yet to score a goal in August. That is 13 games without scoring. Which is remarkable when you look at the rate Kane normally scores at.
Kane ranks third all time in the list of the Premier League’s most prolific scorers. He scores at a rate of a goal every 116 minutes. That is ahead of Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Thierry Henry. The only player with more than 50 games ahead of him is Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
So while it may be a coincidence or a statistical quirk it will be interesting to see if he can rid himself of the August voodoo. There could be some genuine reasons behind the trend. Perhaps the way he trains and prepares for a season allows for a slower start and a stronger finish. Certainly that was the case last season when his dry August was contrasted with a blistering May. Kane finished the last month of the season with 8 goals in just 3 games.
Spurs have three games coming up in August; away to Newcastle, home to Chelsea and home to Burnley. Tottenham will be hoping their leading man can find that Golden Boot early this year as they look to leap in front of their title rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.