Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kane and Lukaku to renew Golden Boot battle

Can Spurs captain Harry Kane defend the Premier League top goalscorer trophy?

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku enjoyed prolific campaigns as they battled it out for the Golden Boot last season, with the Spurs man eventually winning the award, but will that be the case next term?

Kane proved he is one of the best strikers in the world with 29 goals in 30 appearances to lead Tottenham to second place in the league.

He continued his record of goalscoring form, having registered 21 and 25 goals in his previous two seasons.

Kane showed he is not just a finisher, creating 38 chances and setting up his teammates seven times during the season.

The likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min provided the passes for the England international to flourish in Mauricio Pochettino’s system.

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Lukaku also enjoyed another season amongst the goals, netting 25 times as Everton finished in seventh position.

The Belgium striker was once again the focal point for Everton as he created 43 chances, five more than Kane, and contributed six assists for his teammates.

His tally last season marked the first time he broke the 20-goal barrier in the Premier League.

Lukaku’s future is very much up in the air as he wants to leave Goodison Park and move to Chelsea or Manchester United.

This could propel him to the next level because he will be playing with better players, although he may take time to settle.

If he is priced out of a move, Everton boss Ronald Koeman is looking to strength his attacking options to make the club a top four contender, so he would still be amongst the goals unless he became unsettled and his performance levels dropped.

Both strikers will play in European competitions next season with Kane featuring in the Champions League, while Lukaku will be involved in the Europa League if he stays at Everton.

The two players could see the extra fixtures affect their performances in the league, especially if one progresses further than the other.

There is added pressure on Lukaku to prove himself, as he appears to go missing in big matches which arguably gives his rival the edge.

Kane is a proven big game player, so it makes the Spurs man the more logical choice to pick up the Golden Boot once again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nemanja Lazarevic


Working as editor-in-chief at Soccernews.com, Nemanja Lazarevic is responsible for organising and managing the team of writers to ensure the content produced on the site meets high industry standards and remains interesting to our readers. As our go-to guy for the football transfer news, he uses an extensive experience in the industry to dig up latest transfer stories from local sources.

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