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Tottenham’s Harry Kane deserves to be included in the Player of the Year conversation

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane deserves to be included in the Player of the Year conversation

The England international outscored any other player in 2017.

Following the announcement of the PFA Player of the Year nominations this week, the conversation has been centred around Kevin de Bruyne versus Mohamed Salah.

Yet Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane deserves a spot in the debate, as his superb 2017/18 is being unfairly overshadowed by his Manchester City and Liverpool counterparts.

The England international has scored a stunning 36 goals in 41 appearances this season, including 25 in the Premier League.

Those 25 goals are even the more impressive when considering the elite company Kane joined when bagging them. Only four players have scored 20-plus goals in four consecutive seasons: Kane, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, and Sergio Aguero.

In addition, Kane has achieved this impressive feat despite a serious ankle injury he suffered against Bournemouth in March. His quick return from the sidelines is commendable and demonstrates how important the England international is to Spurs.

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This importance to his club is also illustrated by his remarkable goal contribution to Tottenham’s total. Kane has scored 25 of Spurs’ 65 goals, or 38 percent. This number is remarkably the exact same as Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s total.

Furthermore, given Kane’s tender age, his feats are arguably even more laudable than de Bruyne’s or Salah’s. Kane is the youngest member of the trio at 24 years of age, and also qualified for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Although de Bruyne and Salah will dominate the headlines, it would be a grave mistake to leave out Harry Kane when discussing the league’s best players. His consistency and goal-scoring threat are qualities that few in England can match.

And one should not forget that Kane scored more goals than anyone else in the world – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo included – in 2017. Leave out the Spurs frontman from the POTY debate at your own risk.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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