News Live Scores

Betting: Harry Kane 14/1 to become the top scorer in Premier League history

11:25 AM GMT 22/05/2017
Harry Kane Tottenham
The Tottenham Hotspur frontman has been crowned the leading goalscorer in the past two seasons but can he go on to beat Alan Shearer's tally of 260?

29 goals in a Premier League season is an impressive total for any player and it would have been enough to be crowned the division's leading scorer in four of the past five seasons, but Harry Kane managed the feat in just 30 appearances.

With an average of 0.97 goals per game in the 2016/17 campaign, Harry Kane has the best ratio of any player to win the top scorer prize in Premier League history, bettering Luis Suarez's 0.94 record from four years ago. While he was the 11th fastest player to 50 top flight goals, his strike rate since then has been increasing at a rapid rate.

Perhaps the most worrying thing for Tottenham's rivals at the top of the table is what's to come. The England international turns 24 this summer and already has 78 goals in the competition to his name. That puts him joint 46th on the all-time scorer list after passing 20 strikes for the third consecutive campaign.

bet365 offer 14/1 (15.0) that Kane breaks Alan Shearer's record of 260 Premier League goals. Anyone wanting to back this price can find it under "Soccer", "Antepost Betting" and then "Player Career Goals". It's currently the last option on the list at the time of writing.

The Newcastle and Blackburn striker amassed his tally in 441 appearances. That's a goals per game ratio of 0.58 and while it might be unrealistic to expect Kane to continue on his current trajectory of 0.67, he could well be one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history barring a move abroad or serious injury derailing a career that could see him competing at the highest level for another decade or more.

Mauricio Pochettino has undoubtedly built a squad which, if kept together or even built upon, looks capable of trading blows with the best teams in England. While the move to Wembley provides a significant unknown for the 2017/18 campaign, it's hard to see how Kane doesn't continue to be a major player in the top scorer stakes in one form or another.

The second placed finishers are 8/1 (9.0) to go one better next year with bet365. Were they to remain at White Hart Lane that quote would likely to significantly shorter, but as it is Spurs are behind Manchester City (9/4), Chelsea (11/4) and Manchester United (10/3) in the betting.

Perhaps the most telling statistic for those considering this wager as a long term investment comes from Opta's Premier League season review.

Kane's total of 29 goals not only took just 30 games but the 23-year-old needed just 110 shots to do so. That means he wasn't in the top five players in terms of total shots this campaign and 65.17% of his efforts hit the target, a higher percentage than anyone in the division apart from Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, but Kane was much more clinical and that looks a key compnent to such a wager. There's a deadly consistency about the double golden boot winner.

There are a lot of variables involved in such a bet of course, and it's a speculative one, but at 14/1 (15.0), there is a significant potential payout for punters who are willing to think about the long term and put their faith in a player who has gone from strength to strength over the past three years.