Since January 1st 2015, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored a remarkable 21 goals in 24 London derbies (in all competitions) – that’s a strike rate of 0.875 goals per appearance.
The Englishman kicked off this phenomenal record in January two seasons back, with two goals for the Lilywhites in a 5-3 victory over then-league leaders Chelsea.
Fast forward 28 months, and the 23-year-old has added a further 19 goals in 23 appearances against his side’s various local rivals, with his latest coming against current league leaders, you guessed it, Chelsea.
Had you not experienced the last two years of English top flight football, perhaps you’d think nothing had changed in this time – you couldn’t be more incorrect.
Kane has since progressed to become one of the Premier League’s most effective goal scoring centre-forwards, while his side have become an attacking force under Mauricio Pochettino, currently sitting second in the league.
Meanwhile, across London, Chelsea have undergone three managerial changes (Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte) won the Premier League, finished 10th, and now sit a top of the standings once again.
On Saturday at Wembley, in the FA Cup semi-final, Kane added yet another successful London derby strike to his ever-growing tally, as he pulled his side level, at 1-0 down, with a technically impeccable header.
Tottenham would go on to lose the match, falling to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Antonio Conte’s table toppers. Nonetheless, this youthful Spurs side, spearheaded by Harry Kane, will bounce back and learn from their recent adversity.
With the Premier League trophy still to play for, the 23-year-old will be needing to add to his current league league tally – of 20 goals – if the Lilywhites are to stand any chance of closing the four-point gap held by their weekend opponents.