By Thomas Reynolds
4th February 2019
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick against Arsenal means the Premier League top goalscorer scrap is really hotting up, with Tottenham talisman Harry Kane also issuing a positive update on the 25-year-old’s recovery from ankle ligament damage.
The England captain spoke to Sky Sports while in Atlanta to watch the Super Bowl, revealing his rehabilitation is ‘going well’ ahead of returning to ball work this week.
Past seasons suggest he cannot be discounted in the tussle for leading scorer honours, despite currently being sidelined.
EVS favourite Mohamed Salah currently leads the standings on 16 strikes, one ahead of 3/1 pick Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and two ahead of Aguero (3/1) and Kane, currently trading at a substantial 12/1.
Injury issues haven’t stopped Kane taking high scoring rank in recent seasons
Since the 2014/15 Premier League season, the 25-year-old has finished either first or second in the division’s scoring charts, topping the shop twice, in 2015/16 and the following term.
This is despite being out for an average of 36 days in each of the last three completed campaigns, as per transfermarkt.com.
In 2016/17 he notched eight times in his last three outings to finished four goals ahead of his closest pursuer, Romelu Lukaku, despite missing no fewer than eight Premier League games.
Sitting out as many this term would see Kane return to the fray for the visit of Crystal Palace on 17th March, but current conservative estimates are that he’ll be fit for the north London derby on the 2nd.
There are reasons to doubt each of his main rivals
Mohamed Salah may be two goals ahead of Kane and in far finer fitness fettle presently, but he’s bagging at a more modest ratio of once every 1.5 league games this term, as opposed to once every 1.125 divisional outings in 2017/18.
Aguero’s chances can be crabbed due both to his own fragility (three separate injuries last season) and his having to share starts with Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal’s Aubameyang, meanwhile, is having to perform at a rate of efficiency that could prove hard to sustain, as the only one of the leading quartet to average less than three shots per game.
With Kane available at a dozen times the top goalscorer odds of Salah and William Hill betting each-way to two places on the market, the Spurs striker should be discounted at his rivals’ peril.