Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham’s Harry Kane are two of the best strikers in the Premier League, and both have made a habit of leading the line very effectively for their respective sides, scoring a fair few goals whilst doing it too.
There are several similarities between the two players. They both play as lone strikers, they are both 23-years-old and, despite their young ages, both have now had several years in the English top flight. They also both wear the number ten. However, most importantly, they both love to score goals.
Quite impressively, the pair are currently the joint leaders of the Premier League scoring chart, with 19 goals so far this season.
Kane has managed eight more goals than his Everton counterpart in 27 fewer appearances, following on from an impressive 2015/16 season, in which he won the Golden Boot with 25 goals in 38 Premier League games.
This term the duo find themselves in stellar form. Lukaku has scored seven in his last five league games, whilst Kane has found the back of the net six times in his last five Premier League appearances.
Lukaku, in many ways, is more of a traditional forward. Extremely strong, the ex-Chelsea man can pin his opponent, hold up the ball with his back to goal and win a fair share of headers.
He is also extremely mobile with and without the ball, and improvements in his movement and link-up play have been made, as seen in the Toffees’ recent 3-0 win over West Brom.
As for Kane, he is a finisher, capable of putting a chance away from any angle, with both his feet or his head. He possesses fine dribbling skills also, often picking the ball just outside the box, drawing defenders in and then beating them before lashing a shot towards the goal, usually finding the back of the net. Like the Belgian, his ability to link up with those around him is also a key part of his game.
Both sides are lucky to have these hitmen. But for how long? Fans of the London club will have been gutted to see Kane go off after what looked like a horrific ankle injury against Millwall, especially with the season he is having. As for Lukaku, he looks almost set for an Everton departure, having said that he will not be signing a new contract with the Merseyside club.
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