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Kane closing in on calendar goal record

29 Sep 2017
Harry Kane, Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur striker can keep catching Alan Shearer's mark at Huddersfield Town on Saturday

Harry Kane is on course to return the highest Premier League goal tally in a calendar year after his double against West Ham United.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker needs another 12 to break the record, and has 15 matches of 2017 remaining to do so. 

But he has already broken the record for most goals scored in a calendar year up to October, despite still having one more match, against Huddersfield Town, to play on Saturday.

Top scorers in a calendar year before October 
Player Goals Played GPM Year
Harry Kane 25 23 1.09 2017
Alan Shearer 24 29 0.83 1995
Teddy Sheringham 24 29 0.83 1993
Ruud van Nistelrooy 24 23 1.04 2003
Thierry Henry 23 26 0.88 2004
Sergio Aguero 22 22 1.00 2016

Alan Shearer holds the record of 36 goals in a calendar year in 1995, for Blackburn Rovers.

The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer did so over 42 matches, while Kane will have played 38 if he features in all of Spurs' remaining fixtures.

Should Kane continue scoring at his current rate of 1.09 goals per match (GPM) he will score 16 more by the New Year, returning a total of 41 goals.

His next opportunity to close on Shearer could come at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.

The Terriers would be the 26th different opponent for Kane in the Premier League.

The only team he has failed to score against is Cardiff City, in two attempts during the 2013/14 campaign.

Top scorers in a full calendar year
Player Goals Played GPM Year
Alan Shearer 36 42 0.86 1995
Robin van Persie 35 36 0.97 2011
Thierry Henry 34 39 0.87 2004
Alan Shearer 30 41 0.73 1994
Les Ferdinand 30 37 0.81 1995
Ruud van Nistelrooy 30 34 0.88 2003

See: Kane surpasses Henry with London derby goals

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