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How Harry Kane’s goalscoring record compares to the rest of the Premier League’s ‘150 club’

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:01, 9 November 2020

Once dismissed as a one-season-wonder, Harry Kane has firmly established himself as one of the best players on the planet over the past six years.

Always a brilliant finisher, Kane has evolved his game recently, turning into Spurs’ main provider and first line of defence, truly rising to the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband.

“Harry Kane you have to say has this many goals, this many assists, this number of balls recovered, this number of duels won,” manager Jose Mourinho said recently. “This number of balls that he saved his team in a defensive set-piece. This is Harry Kane. It’s goals plus this and this and this and that.

“For me, it’s not one more goal or one less goal, it’s about what he is as a player.”

Even so, it’s hitting the net which the England international is best known for and he did that once again in early November, heading in the only goal of the match to give Spurs a 1-0 victory away at West Brom. That just so happened to be his 150th Premier League goal to date, making Kane just the 10th player to reach this impressive landmark.

Many have tipped Kane to go even further and break Alan Shearer’s record of 260 Premier League goals but, for now, let’s take a look at how the 27-year-old compares to the other members of the ‘150 club’.

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10. Frank Lampard

Appearances needed: 520

Age achieved: 33 years, 9 months, 20 days

Frank Lampard is the slowest player to reach the 150 mark so far but, then again, considering he was a midfielder, the fact he got there at all and then all the way to 177 is quite remarkable.

Forty-one of those goals came from outside the 18-yard box (a competition record) while Lampard was famously deadly from the penalty spot, too. However he scored, his goals were key to Chelsea’s domination of English football between 2005 and 2010.

9. Jermaine Defoe

Appearances needed: 443

Age achieved: 34 years, 1 month, 12 days

While never a truly elite striker, Jermain Defoe has always be rightly known as a stone-cold finisher, so it’s no surprise to see him on this list.

Sure, it took him 443 games to reach the 150 mark, but the former England international often had to battle the likes of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov for a starting spot during his time at Tottenham. And, after all, he did go on to reach a total of 162 Premier League goals, while he’s still finding the net north of the border with Rangers.

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8. Robbie Fowler

Appearances needed: 333

Age achieved: 29 years, 10 months, 19 days

So good he was nicknamed ‘God’, Robbie Fowler was a goalscoring force of nature during the 1990s, while he continued to net at a healthy rate after the turn of the millennium.

Lethal with both feet and in the air, 333 games was all it took Fowler to hit 150 goals. Considering most of those goals came for a Liverpool side which bounced between third and eighth in the Premier League, that’s a fine achievement indeed.

7. Wayne Rooney

Appearances needed: 330

Age achieved: 27 years, 1 month, 15 days

When looking back on the prime of Wayne Rooney’s career, his prolific finishing might actually come quite far down his list of considerable abilities.

From his memorable introduction at Everton to firing in thunderbolts against Newcastle and Man City for Manchester United, you’re more likely to focus on his tendency to rip the goalposts out of the ground from distance, while his willingness to make things happen in midfield or put in the yards without possession were also crucial to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

However, he is Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer for a reason and despite spending so much time away from the box, it took Rooney just 330 appearances to score 150 Premier League goals, while he went on to hit a grand total of 208. Only Shearer managed more.

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6. Michael Owen

Appearances needed: 323

Age achieved: 33 years, 1 month, 5 days

Had hamstring injuries not robbed him of that terrifying pace (or a move to Real Madrid dented his confidence) Michael Owen might well have got close to Shearer’s record of 260 Premier League goals.

As it were, Owen ended his career exactly on the 150 mark, doing so in 323 appearances as his career fizzled out with spells at Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City.

Interesting fact: Owen never scored more than 19 goals in a single league campaign.

5. Andy Cole

Appearances needed: 286

Age achieved: 31 years, 2 months, 13 days

The 1990s often bring back nostalgic memories of iconic strike partnerships and few, if any, were as effective as Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, helping to fire Man Utd to a number of Premier League titles, as well as a historic treble in 1999.

The latter is third in the pantheon of all-time Premier League goalscorers, netting 187 times for Newcastle United, Manchester United, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Portsmouth combined. Although he slowed down during his final years, Cole took just 286 games to reach 150 goals and was one of the most lethal strikers during the Premier League’s first decade.

He is the only player in the ‘150 club’ who didn’t score a single penalty.

4. Thierry Henry

Appearances needed: 220

Age achieved: 28 years, 4 months, 28 days

At quite a big jump from Cole’s 286 games, it took Thierry Henry just 220 appearances to bag 150 Premier League goals, an achievement made that much more remarkable by the fact he was a winger by trade when originally picked up by Arsene Wenger in 1999. Perhaps that helps explain why he ranks 11th among all-time Premier League assist providers.

Whether one-on-one with the goalkeeper or cutting inside and bending a shot into the far corner in trademark style, Henry is surely Arsenal’s greatest-ever player.

3. Harry Kane

Appearances needed: 218

Age achieved: 27 years, 3 months, 11 days

The 150 club’s most recent addition, it’s high time we started discussing just where Kane falls when it comes to the Ballon d’Or discussion. We’re not suggesting he’s better than Lionel Messi, but given he’s now Spurs’ creator in chief as well as their main goalscorer, he certainly comes into consideration for that prestigious accolade.

At just 27 years, three months and 11 days old, and after only 218 appearances, Kane headed home his 150th Premier League goal to hand Spurs three points away at West Brom. Given the fact he’s not managed fewer than 17 Premier League goals in a single season since 2013/14, when he played just 10 games, it feels like a matter of when he’ll also catch Shearer’s overall record, rather than if.

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2. Sergio Aguero

Appearances needed: 217

Age achieved: 30 years, 5 months, 2 days

Long before Kane made his Spurs breakthrough, and even after the England star came onto the scene, Sergio Aguero was hard at work firing Manchester City to league titles, quite literally when you think back to that QPR game.

Aguero hit the 150-mark one game quicker than Kane, tapping into an open net during Man City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton back in November 2018. His total of 180 leaves him fourth only behind Cole, Rooney and Shearer in Premier League goalscoring history.

If this list was ordered by minutes played, Aguero would rank first. He hit the 150-goal mark in 16,095 minutes, over 2,000 shy of the next man.

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1. Alan Shearer

Appearances needed: 212

Age achieved: 28 years, 8 months, 4 days

We’ve mentioned Shearer a lot in this article and, finally, here he is.

Not only the Premier League’s greatest-ever goalscorer to date, Shearer was also the quickest to reach 150 in terms of matches played, needing just 212 games to hit that particular landmark.

While remembered as a legend among Newcastle United fans, 112 of his first 150 Premier League goals actually came during a four-season spell at Blackburn Rovers, with Shearer netting 34 in 42 appearances during the 1994/95 season as the Lancashire club sealed the title.

He’ll be watching Kane’s progress from here on out with a keen eye.