Premier League: Why Harry Kane can still catch Mo Salah in the Golden Boot race

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  • Mohamed Salah currently leads Premier League scoring chart with 30 goals
  • Harry Kane, Golden Boot winner the last two seasons, trails with 25 goals
  • But the Tottenham striker should not be ruled out of the race despite deficit
  • Kane pulled back a similar deficit to beat Everton’s Romelu Lukaku last season
  • Salah could be rested ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League games

Harry Kane has his work cut out if he is to make it a hat-trick of Premier League Golden Boots – but all hope is not lost.

The Tottenham hotshot has scored 25 league goals this season, but trails Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who has scored 30 times.

And with just five matches remaining, Kane will need to score at a prolific rate to overtake the Egyptian and finish top of the scoring charts as he did in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

PL leading scorers 

30 – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

25 – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

21 – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

17 – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

15 – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 

But we have been here before – just 12 months ago. Kane trailed Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the scoring charts entering the season’s final stretch, but eight goals in his final three league games turned the tables.

Kane scored the winner against Manchester United in the final game at White Hart Lane, then smashed in four goals in a 6-1 drubbing of Leicester City.

He then rounded off the season by scoring a hat-trick in a 7-1 final day victory at Hull City, meaning he ended on 29 league goals for the season to Lukaku’s 25.

He will require a similar effort this time around, with Salah in remarkable and relentless form, but Liverpool’s progression to the Champions League semi-finals could benefit Kane.

With a top-four place assured, Jurgen Klopp may choose to rest his talisman to ensure his freshness for the two legs of the semi-final against Salah’s former club Roma.

Another advantage is that Tottenham, currently in fourth spot, retain a game in hand on Liverpool and that comes with a visit to Brighton on Tuesday night.

They then take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday night, before concluding their league season against Watford, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Leicester City.

TOP SCORER ODDS 

1/8 Mohamed Salah

17/2 Harry Kane

Best available – from oddschecker

You would rate all of those as winnable matches for Spurs and games in which Kane will fancy his chances of scoring.

He has scored more goals against Leicester – 11 – than any other opponent he has faced.

It would be an astonishing achievement for Kane to make it three Golden Boots in a row and even though he needs to make up five goals to catch Salah, you really wouldn’t put it past him.

 

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