Tottenham and Everton head to head: Harry Kane v Romelu Lukaku
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham and Everton go head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Sunday in a clash that will pit two of the Premier League’s top goalscorers against each other.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Romelu Lukaku (Everton) have both taken the Premier League by storm this season, and currently share the spoils at the top of the goalscoring charts with 17 goals each.
The presence of the two in-form heavyweights makes for an exciting encounter between the two sides, but who has been the better goalscorer this season?
Statistically speaking, there is actually very little to separate the two Premier League stars this season. Both have been phenomenal assets in the final-third for their respective sides, but based on stats alone, it is Lukaku that has the edge.
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Lukaku, 23, has missed just one Premier League game for Everton, which was the opening day stalemate with Tottenham at Goodison Park.
He has started 24 of the remaining 25 league games for Everton, playing 2,187 minutes in total.
Kane, meanwhile, missed five matches through injury between September and October; but he has started in each of his 21 appearances – 1,809 minutes worth of Premier League action.
Therefore, it took Kane four fewer appearances to reach 17 league goals this term, so he betters Lukaku in a goal-per game ratio.
In terms of shot accuracy and percentage of team goals, however, Lukaku has the edge over Kane. The Belgium international has registered 65% of shots on target and scored 40% of Everton’s league goals this term; compared to 62% accuracy from Kane and 34% of team goals.
Furthermore, Kane (29) has also created four fewer chances than Lukaku (33) this season.
Yet despite most statistics pointing towards Lukaku this season, it could be argued that Kane is more prolific.
From the ten league games where Kane has found the back of the net for Tottenham, he has scored two or more goals on five occasions.
He has two hat-tricks to his name, against West Brom in January, and against Stoke last weekend.
Lukaku, on the other hand, has scored two or more goals in a game on just three occasions. He netted twice against Watford in December, and bagged hat-tricks against both Sunderland and Bournemouth.
But he also went one better than Kane and turned his Bournemouth hat-trick into a four-goal haul, becoming only the first striker to do so in the Premier League this season.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash between Everton and Tottenham (or Lukaku and Kane), one thing is for certain though, and it is that the final result is likely to depend on the success of the two strikers.
But will it be the Englishman or the Belgian that reigns supreme?