Harry's 22 - legends have their say...
07 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane hit his 22nd goal of the Premier League campaign at Anfield on Saturday - meaning he's scored the most goals in a Premier League season for the Club.
In doing so, he toppled Teddy Sheringham (who hit 21 of 22 for us and one for Forest in 1992-93), Gareth Bale (21 in 2012-13) and his own total last term. Jurgen Klinsmann is next best on 20 (1994-95).
Harry spoke about his pride on his way to 22 - but what did our legends think? We caught up with Teddy, Jurgen, Robbie Keane and Les Ferdinand this week to find out...
20 Premier League goals for us, top-scorer (29 all competitions) in 1994-95
PFA/Football Writers double in 1994-95
38 goals in 68 matches for us 1994-95, 1997-98
Over 250 club career goals in Germany, France, England and Italy
47 goals in 108 caps for Germany
World Cup and European Champsionship winner
"I'm simply amazed how consistent Harry at still such a young age performs week in, week out. His composure with the ball, his vision for his team mates, his decision making is almost always spot on.
"And the goals he's scoring are of the highest quality. But next time please not against Germany!
"Every player expresses his own personality in the way he plays. Teddy Sheringham's game was always about how he can help others on the field and make them better around him. I think Harry Kane is developing into a very unique player and I really enjoy the fact that he keeps both feet on the ground after all the recent success.
"I hope people don't overload him with expectations since he's still very young. It would be wonderful to see him become a real leader at Spurs as well as for England."
21 goals for us in 1992-93 (22 in total, one for Forest)
Top scorer for us in the Premier League on four occasions
124 goals for us in 277 appearances in all competitions - ninth in our all-time list
146 Premier League goals, ninth in all-time Premier League list
Treble-winner with United in 1999, scored in European Cup Final
51 England caps, 11 goals
"Harry has worked hard to get where he is, had a fantastic season last season and I’d like to think when he had that quiet spell at the start of this season - as every striker has, by the way - he just kept the faith. That strong mentality is as important as anything else. You have to believe you can do it and he knows he can. Right now, he looks like he can score every time he gets the ball, he’s just brilliant.
"I like that he’s not just one particular type of striker. He can run in behind, he can hold the ball up, win it in the air, drop off and ask defenders different questions and still receive it and turn, lay people in, lovely touch, finesse and vision that sees other players in around him. For me, he’s got everything. He can score left foot, right foot, headers, close range, distance, awareness, he’s got the lot.
"He wants to shoot from angles, from distance and for the players around him...I used to love playing with Alan Shearer because I knew he wanted to score goals, same as Harry, so I would follow in and shots would come back off the post, off the goalkeeper and you get chances and goals out of that as well - just like Christian Eriksen against Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago.
"The goal for England against Germany was fantastic, a goal not every player can score. A lot of players wouldn’t even try it - I wouldn’t even try it, that turn in that situation. That’s the belief he has at the moment.
"Even when you see him interviewed you can see how he is, I’ve met him and as a fella, he’s a nice fella, enjoys his golf, enjoys being around his friends and just enjoys being a footballer.
"He’s a breath of fresh air and I love what he’s doing at the moment."
Below: Harry's 22 goals so far - Spurs TV special
122 goals for us in 306 appearances in all competitions - 10th in our all-time list
Top goalscorer for us in the Premier League on four occasions
126 Premier League goals - 13th in all-time Premier League list
67 goals in 143 caps for the Republic of Ireland, ROI's record goalscorer
"Harry's done incredibly well. When your first season goes well people will always drag out the inevitable ‘he’s a one-season wonder’ line but he’s proved everyone wrong and continued his good form from last season.
"I always say to young players the most important thing is consistency, always be consistent in what you are doing. Harry’s a goalscorer, so he needs to consistently score goals. The players who maybe do well for a while, then fade away, they will never make it to the top.
"He can score goals out of nothing, like he did against Arsenal, but it’s when you score the easy goals, that’s the sign of a good striker. Harry can do everything. He can score from long-range, in the box, two feet, score with his head, he has the full package.
"I’m so pleased for him because he was a young lad at the club when I was there and he’s such a good kid. All I can say is congratulations to him because scoring 20 goals in the Premier League isn’t easy."
Below: Harry speaks to Spurs TV after hitting his 22nd goal at Anfield on Saturday
39 goals for us in 149 appearances
Top scorer for us in the Premier League on two occasions
149 Premier League goals - eighth in all-time Premier League list
17 England caps, five goals
Development coach when Harry was breaking through Academy into first team squad
"We all knew Harry was a good finisher, watching him in training every day and the way he went about his finishing, the dedication he put into it. I saw the change in him when he went to Norwich on loan, it didn’t really work out for him there and after that, he went on loan to Leicester, I watched him a couple of times and it was tough for him.
"He came back and knuckled down and those experiences really gave him the drive to work on the things he needed to work on, his strength, his durability, his speed and from the moment he’s got into the side he’s gone from strength to strength.
"People were asking if he could do it again this season and that is the making of a player. When opposition players know about you, it’s then about evolving your game and that’s what he’s done because he’s still scoring goals. He’s doing fantastically well at the moment, he’s been sensational.
"Through the years of the Premier League we’ve seen some great goalscorers but not necessarily great strikers because, for me, a striker is all-round. Harry can hit it with his right foot, left foot, head it and that’s the complete striker. He can score with both feet, his head, hold it up, bring other people into the game.
"He’s got it all and we are now seeing it week in, week out. As I said, he’s been sensational."