Harry Kane has been one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal scorers for many seasons now. He scored 23 goals in 35 league appearances last season. In addition, he demonstrated his impressive link-up play and creativity by laying 14 assists as well. Although this season, his attacking output for Tottenham has declined severely for a player of his caliber. The English striker has scored just one goal and added one assist in 10 league appearances for the Spurs so far. His individual form is also mirrored in Tottenham’s season in the Premier League, as the North London side are ninth in the league table with five wins, one draw, and five losses in nine matches. Despite his lack of goals in the league, Kane has put up brilliant numbers for his international side. He has scored 12 goals in England’s eight World Cup Qualifier fixtures. His immense goal contribution has led England to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Earlier this month, Tottenham appointed Antonio Conte as the manager and Kane has stated how highly he thinks of the Italian manager. During his spells as the manager of Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan, Conte has displayed his remarkable influence on the respective club’s main strikers and has gotten the best out of them, a scenario which has put up huge expectations on Conte as well as on Kane. The striker’s international form indicates that Spurs’ lack of creativity might have played a part in his lack of goals this season. Conte himself would be looking to get the best out of Spurs’ dynamic attacking duo of Son and Kane.
Let’s dive into some stats to understand Kane’s season so far and gauge whether he can find his scoring feet back under Conte.
In comparison to previous seasons, Kane’s attacking and creativity stats have declined. Although he is underperforming, the majority of his stats are still above the league median value, indicating that he might improve playing under the new system. He is averaging more than two shots per match, while his shot on target efficiency is 47.62%. Kane has also been involved in more than nine offensive duels per match as well.
Last season Kane demonstrated his brilliant link-up play and creativity as he went on to make 14 assists in the league, which was the highest in the league. Kane used to drop deep to receive the ball often dragging a defender in with him, creating space for Son in the process. The duo of Kane and Son was lethal in front of the goal, especially during the start of last season. In a similar manner to his attacking output, Kane’s passing and progression stats have declined as well, although he still ranks highly in terms of average smart passes and average through passes.
This season as well, we can see from his heat map that the striker has often dropped deep in his half, although Tottenham have not been able to tap on Kane’s creativity. He has mostly been active in the half-spaces on the left flank in the opponent’s half.
Kane has taken a decent number of shots this season. His 10 shots this season are joint-fifth highest in the league so far, while he is averaging more than one shot per match.
There is no doubt on Harry Kane’s ability to score goals as it has been evident from many previous seasons and his current form for England. The arrival of Antonio Conte as the man in charge could propel Kane to find his scoring feet once again.