Manchester City take on Tottenham in an early-season Premier League blockbuster on Saturday, pitting two of English football’s surest things against one another.
Harry Kane typically stepped up when Spurs needed him on the opening weekend, netting a second-half brace to see off freshly promoted Aston Villa.
The fact City’s 5-0 rout of West Ham featured a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling also felt somewhat par for the course.
Two leading lights in Gareth Southgate’s England team, Kane and Sterling have operated at an increasingly prolific level over recent seasons – something that undoubtedly bodes well for the Three Lions with Euro 2020 on the horizon.
Here we look at the rise and rise of two phenomenal forwards.
After doing his time in the loan ranks, Kane flourished during Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge at Spurs. His 21 goals placed him second behind Sergio Aguero in the Golden Boot standings. Add in four assists and Kane averaged a goal involvement every 103 minutes.
The year after Liverpool’s close-shave in a title race with City (sound familiar?), Sterling chipped in with seven goals and seven assists – a goal involvement every 218 minutes as Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield tenure ran into problems and speculation mounted over the winger’s future.
3 – All three of Jordan Henderson’s PL goals this season have been assisted by Raheem Sterling. Service.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2015
Sterling sealed an acrimonious move to City and endured a mixed campaign. Six goals and just two assists meant his goal involvement average dropped to 241 minutes.
Kane, meanwhile, was going from strength to strength as he claimed the first of back-to-back Golden Boots.
He only supplemented his 25 goals with a solitary assist, however, for a goal involvement every 130 minutes. This placed him below Leicester City’s title-winning heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the overall league standings for goals and assists.
Kane bolstered his all-round game and hit a sublime level as Spurs spent a large chunk of the campaign as Chelsea’s most credible title challengers. He hit 29 goals and seven assists, giving him the most goal involvements in the division – two ahead of Alexis Sanchez – at an astonishing average of one every 70 minutes.
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