Harry Kane challenged Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland over the Premier League Golden Boot, and explained why those arrivals could ultimately benefit Tottenham.
Those chasing Man City and Liverpool in the upper echelons of the Premier League may have grimaced at recent events. City recently confirmed the arrival of Erling Haaland who at just 21, is already one of the world’s most lethal finishers.
Liverpool are poised to respond with the signing of Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan was clinical at Benfica last season and is the next step in the evolution of Jurgen Klopp’s front line.
Haaland is already many people’s favourite to scoop the Golden Boot in the Premier League next season.
Harry Kane knows a thing or two about serial goal plundering. Indeed, the Spurs talisman is a three-time winner of that award (2015-16, 2016-17, 2020-21).
Former City defender, Nedum Onuoha, explained why he believes Haaland will soundly beat Darwin in the goals column next season.
However, Kane is fully aware he’ll have his work cut out to regain the award shared by Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah last year.
Haaland, Darwin Nunez to drive Kane on
Speaking ahead of England’s Nations League clash with Hungary, Kane laid down the gauntlet to the two new arrivals.
However, he also insisted he’ll thrive among the greater competition and a potent Harry Kane can only be good news for Antonio Conte and Tottenham.
“The battle for the Golden Boot is always tough,” admitted Kane (via the Liverpool Echo).
“The Premier League has produced some top strikers around the world for a number of years now.
“Every season I’ve been playing it’s always been a tough battle to win the Golden boot and it’s no different.
“You expect the top strikers to want to play in the Premier League, and with those two signings it’s going to be the case.
“I think it helps me as a player to have good competition. It drives me to improve and get better and I’ll look forward to the challenge.”
Who will win the Golden Boot?
Darwin Nunez operated at around a goal a game in the Portuguese top flight last season. However, that is something Haaland has done for two-and-a-half seasons in the comparatively tougher German league.
Common sense would dictate both players’ goals-to-games ratio will tumble slightly in the tougher Premier League,
What’s more, new Man City signings have often taken a full season to settle in under Pep Guardiola. Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo are prime examples there.
Yet of the two, we expect Haaland to score more next season with his place in the eleven more secure. Darwin will start more than he doesn’t, though Diogo Jota won’t be rooted to the bench all season.
Elsewhere, Kane and Son cannot be discounted. Though the return of Champions League football could dent their domestic hopes to some degree.
Of course, Mohamed Salah cannot be ignored in any Golden Boot conversation. The Egyptian has scooped the award three times (twice shared), and has averaged 23.6 goals per Premier League season since arriving in 2017.
Of all involved, we expect the race to be decided between Haaland and Salah.