Kane’s remarkable season continued on Sunday as the 21-year-old reached 30 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season.
The striker netted in stoppage time during Spurs’ 3-1 win at Newcastle on Super Sunday, with his goal also moving him to 20 Premier League strikes and joint-top of the scoring charts with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Kane has become the first Tottenham player to reach 30 club goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1991/92, and the striker has the former England man’s tally of 35 firmly in his sights with five games still to play.
But the Spurs man is only the eighth Englishman to reach 30 goals in the Premier League era. We take a look at the esteemed company he joins…
Ian Wright – 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1996/97
The former Arsenal striker achieved the feat four times with the Gunners, notching exactly 30 in 1992/93, with 15 goals in the first-ever Premier League season. Arsenal won both the FA Cup and League Cup that season, beating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals, and Wright was prolific in the former, scoring 10 times throughout the competition.
Wright then reached 34 the following season as Arsenal finished fourth and also won the Cup Winners’ Cup, before scoring 30 again the next season and finally matching that total in Arsene Wenger’s first season in charge, when the Gunners came third in the Premier League.
Andrew Cole – 1993/94
In February 1993 Newcastle forked out a club-record fee of £1.75m for Cole from Bristol City, and he fired the Magpies to promotion before enjoying an incredible first season in the Premier League, netting 34 times in 40 top-flight appearances on his way to 41 in all competitions – the joint-highest tally of all the English strikers on this list.
Halfway through the following season, Cole made a shock move to Manchester United for a record deal worth £7m, but the striker wouldn’t reach 30 again in his career, although he is second behind only Alan Shearer in career Premier League goals.
Alan Shearer – 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1999/00
Arguably the Premier League’s greatest-ever striker, Shearer took the division by storm when he signed for Blackburn Rovers in the inaugural season for a British-record fee of £3.6m. Injury stopped him reaching a higher tally that year, but then not only reached 30 club goals but also 30 Premier League goals in the next three seasons.
His 34 strikes in 1994/95 shot Blackburn to the title, which would turn out to be Shearer’s only winner’s medal. The England striker also reached 30 goals once in his 10-year playing career at St James’ Park, while he is the only forward to score over 100 times in the Premier League for two different clubs.
Matt Le Tissier – 1994/95
Le Tissier’s Southampton career spanned 16 years and three decades, and he achieved the 30-mark just once, bagging 20 Premier League goals in 1994/95.
They lost just one of their last eight top-flight games to fire themselves out of relegation trouble and into a 10th-place finish, while he also scored five apiece in the FA Cup and League Cup. The Saints legend is second behind Mick Channon in the club’s all-time goalscorer charts and is also part of the Premier League 100 club.
Robbie Fowler – 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97
With 183 goals in 369 Liverpool appearances, Fowler established himself as a Kop hero early on, breaking the 30-goal barrier in his second full season at Anfield. He scored 25 times in the Premier League and 31 in all competitions as the Reds won the League Cup that season.
Fowler also achieved another record in that campaign, scoring the fastest-ever Premier League hat-trick in just four minutes and 33 seconds against Arsenal – a record that still stands over 20 years later.
Kevin Phillips – 1999/00
The only striker in the list – apart from Kane – not to reach 100 Premier League goals, Phillips scored 30 in his and Sunderland’s first season in the top flight, all of them in the league. His remarkable feat put him top of the charts not only in the Premier League, but also the continent as he won the European Golden Shoe award, making him the only Englishman to this day to win that title.
His partnership with Niall Quinn fired the Black Cats to seventh at the end of the season, but wasn’t quite enough to reach Europe the following year.
Wayne Rooney – 2009/10, 2011/12
Currently on 14 for Manchester United in all competitions this season, Rooney has never failed to reach 15 since moving to Old Trafford in 2004. In 2009/10, Rooney scored 26 Premier League goals, including all four in United’s 4-0 win over Hull City in January 2010 before joining the 100 club soon after, while he also scored in the League Cup final triumph over Aston Villa on his way to 34 in that campaign.
He matched that tally two seasons later, reaching his highest Premier League total of 27, including the winner against Sunderland on the final day, but Sergio Aguero’s dramatic winner for Manchester City against QPR meant it wasn’t enough to give United the league title.