–Prolific Kane seeks to extend goal haul in London derby
For all the brilliance of the Premier League’s foreign superstars, it’s a 21-year-old Englishman who was barely known outside north London before the season that is arguably making the most startling impact this campaign.
Forget Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie. Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the top-scoring player in English football this season with 20 goals in all competitions, and a first call-up to his national squad is surely just around the corner.
No wonder Spurs signed Kane up to a new 5½-year contract this week.
“He just looks to me now like a real monster on the pitch,” England assistant coach Gary Neville said. “He can do it all.”
The next defense Kane looks to plunder is Arsenal’s in the north London derby today, one of two matchups between local rivals in the 24th round of the league.
Kane has already shown he is no respecter of reputations this season, with his best game of the season coming against what was at the time the league’s meanest defense.
He scored twice in Spurs’ 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day and center backs John Terry and Gary Cahill just couldn’t cope with a player who only made his Premier League debut in April last year. Two seasons ago, he was spending time on loan at second-tier teams Norwich and Leicester.
Arsenal’s defense has tightened up considerably in recent weeks, coinciding with the return from injury of France international Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal has kept four clean sheets in its last five games and is arguably the form team in the league, tied on points now with fourth-place Southampton.
However, Arsene Wenger’s team will need to be at its sharpest to keep out Kane, who has scored eight goals in his last eight league games. Arsenal will again be without Alexis Sanchez, who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Tottenham will leapfrog its neighbor with a win at White Hart Lane.