The two time winner of the Premier League Golden Boot has scored 26 goals in 34 matches this season but Harry Kane trails by 5 goals in the race for the award, falling behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with only four Premier League matches left to spare. The Spur’s talisman was hopeful to bag the award for a third successive season, a remarkable achievement held only by two others, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Salah, who joined Liverpool for £34 million, has already ensured his first season at Anfield has been a successful one, scoring 31 Premier League goals in 35 matches and picking up Player of the Year Award on Saturday night, adding to his BBC’s African Player of the Year Award which he received earlier in the season.
Unless Kane can produce something magical and catch up with the Egyptian’s impressive score tally,it looks likely that Salah will end the season with an extra award to place in his trophy cabinet. There’s also increasing talk that the Liverpool attacking midfielder could contend this year for the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual footballing award which has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo in recent years.
So what are the chances of Kane catching up with Salah in the bid to win the Golden Boot?
Liverpool and Spurs are currently in battle for third place in the Premier League and with Tottenham having a game in hand over The Reds, Kane only has four matches remaining to contest Mo Salah’s goal count.
Salah has a comfortable 5 goal lead on Kane but Liverpool face extra pressure on their team as they face Salah’s former team, Roma in the Champions League semi- final. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to make sure their top goalscorer avoids any injuries which could rule him out of the double-leg fixture against Salah’s old side. The Red’s success in Europe could restrict Mohamed Salah’s playing time in the Premier League, allowing for Kane to capitalise on the ‘Egyptian King’s’ absence and concentrate on his own goal scoring abilities. Yet is unlikely Liverpool’s new goal machine will fail to score again in their remaining three games with his impressive 0.94 goals per match statistic.
Spurs and Kane have faced a decline in form recently, with the London side exiting the FA Cup in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday. The Spurs striker was also at the centre of a series of jokes made after a controversial appeal in their game away to Stoke to change Christian Eriksen’s name to Kane’s on the score sheet in order to benefit his Golden Boot campaign.
Harry Kane will do well to score three goals and match the 29 goals he scored in last season’s Premier League let alone to equal or beat Mo Salah’s superb goal total. We will have to wait and see if Kane can make one of the most exciting comebacks of the season.