Harry Kane has continued his quite ridiculous goalscoring record against Leicester City, which moves him one closer to a Premier League record set by Alan Shearer versus Leeds United.
The Spurs marksman netted on Sunday afternoon against the Foxes to break the deadlock in a tightly-contested opening 45 minutes in north London, and with that, he brought up his 17th goal against his former club in just 14 Premier League outings.
His headed finish in the 22nd minute stemmed and placated some early pressure from Brendan Rodger’s heavily-rotated Foxes, and well, it just had to be him. Once a loanee at the King Power Stadium, Kane’s goal now means he has bolstered his record versus Leicester, against whom he has scored more in the Premier League than any other club.
Since the competition’s inception in 1992 only Alan Shearer has scored more goals against a specific opponent than Kane has against Leicester, bagging 20 versus Leeds United during his storied Premier League career for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
17 – Harry Kane has scored 17 goals in 14 matches against Leicester in the Premier League, the most goals he has scored against any side. In the competition’s history, only Alan Shearer (20 against Leeds) has scored more goals against a specific opponent. Hunted. pic.twitter.com/Ck4M8WR1Vn
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Kane now moves just three behind that record, and incredibly, his propensity for breaching the Foxes’ net isn’t just exclusive to the English top-flight, netting a further two in the FA Cup for Spurs in 2016, and whilst on loan at Millwall in the Championship in 2012.
And if that goal seemed an inevitability from Kane, the provider was too, with Son Heung-min teeing up his team-mate to extend their record-breaking partnership to 41 direct goal involvements between the pair. It’s a partnership as telepathic as it is prolific.
It would be Son who confirmed the victory for Antonio Conte’s men to avoid a potential slip-up in their pursuit of a top-four Premier League finish. The South Korean combined twice with substitute Dejan Kulusevski to put the seal on a 3-1 triumph in the capital, bringing up his 50th Premier League home goal for Spurs in the process.
With that, Spurs move back into the top four and the onus once again falls on their north London rivals Arsenal to get back into the Champions League places. Mikel Arteta’s men face a trip to West Ham in search of three points to regain their place in that coveted fourth spot.
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Regardless of the result at the London Stadium, all eyes gravitate towards that north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal on May 12, with the showdown proving one of the most significant in the history of this bitter rivalry.
For Son and Kane, their goals also move them sixth and second respectively in the Golden Boot race, currently being led by Mohamed Salah. Son is now up to 19 for the campaign, just three behind Liverpool’s talismanic Egyptian with four games to go.