When Harry Kane scores his goals: Barren in August; lethal in the New Year

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One of the Premier League’s more curious trends continued this season, with Harry Kane failing again to score a single goal for Tottenham in August.

Kane has won the Golden Boot for the last two campaigns, but during the three full seasons he has been playing in the top flight, the England striker has failed to register in the opening month.

That constitutes a dry spell of 12 August matches – 896 minutes – over the last three years.

But now September has arrived, so too have the goals. Six in four Premier League, Champions League and International matches during the last fortnight suggest the 24-year-old has rediscovered his mojo.

Already, with two goals at Everton on Saturday, Kane has matched his best September haul, which came last season. The last three years suggests the striker’s barren Augusts should not be viewed in isolation but rather as part of a pattern that shows him to be a slow-burning goalscorer.

In very loose terms, Kane’s output increases as the season progresses. He has yet to hit double figures for a month during the first half of any campaign and is goalless in two out the three Octobers he has spent in the Spurs first-team. It is not until after the turn of the year that the centre-forward really gets going.


Harry Kane – Month by Month

August – 0 (2016-17 – 0; 2015-16 – 0; 2014-15 – 0)

September – 5 (2017-18 – 2; 2016-17 – 2; 2015-16 – 1; 2014-15 – 0)

October – 3 (2016-17 – 0; 2015-16 – 3; 2014-15 – 0)

November – 9 (2016-17 – 3; 2015-16 – 4; 2014-15 – 2)

December – 9 (2016-17 – 3; 2015-16 – 3; 2014-15 – 3)

January – 12 (2016-17 – 5; 2015-16 – 2; 2014-15 – 5)

February – 11 (2016-17 – 4; 2015-16 – 3; 2014-15 – 4)

March – 12 (2016-17 – 2; 2015-16 – 5; 2014-15 – 5)

April – 9 (2016-17 – 5; 2015-16 – 2; 2014-15 – 5; 2013-14 – 3)

May – 10 (2016-17 – 8; 2015-16 – 1; 2014-15 – 1)


January and March represent Kane’s most productive periods, with 12 goals in each of those months. February – with eight days fewer in the last three years than the months either side – has seen Kane net a similarly impressive haul of 11.

April sees Kane dip slightly below double figures again, but a stunning seven goals in the last two games of last season means the former Millwall, Norwich and Leicester loanee has 10 goals in 11 May matches.

Newcastle, Chelsea and Burnley had the good fortune to face Tottenham while Kane is still simmering. But Mauricio Pochettino will be chuffed to see that Spurs take on Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea during Kane’s traditionally hot months.

In the meantime, you will want to take advantage of this bet365 bonus if you think Kane will score for the third game in succession when Spurs host Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.


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