Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has claimed Tottenham ace Harry Kane will ‘obliterate’ the PL record for most assists in a single season, held by Thierry Henry.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail (h/t Mirror), former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has tipped Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane to break the record for the most number of assists in a single Premier League campaign, currently held jointly by Gunners’ legend Thierry Henry and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
The England international has enjoyed a blazing start to the 2020/21 campaign. His lethal partnership with Son Heung-min at the top has led to Tottenham enjoying an impressive run of results, that included a 6-1 mauling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. This has led to talks of the Lilywhites being a potential contender for the league title.
Kane has added another string to his bow this campaign, impressing heavily with his playmaking abilities after dropping deep from his natural starting position. In just six league outings, the 27-year-old has already racked up amazing an amazing return of five goals and eight assists.
And ex-Arsenal star Keown is of the belief that if Kane continues in this vein of form, he can very well surpass the record for most assists in a single PL season. Henry and De Bruyne are the joint holders of the record with 20 assists to their name. But, that could be in danger according to Keown.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “He [Kane] is starting high, dropping deep, and showing there is more to his game than merely scoring goals. With eight assists in six games, at this rate, Kane would obliterate the Premier League record of 20, shared by Henry and Kevin De Bruyne.”
The former Arsenal defender then went on to compare the England captain to Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and the impact he has when dropping into pockets of space, creating opportunities for willing runners such as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Son and Kane combine for their 29th Premier League goal 🤝
Only Drogba and Lampard have combined for more in Premier League history. pic.twitter.com/cc7rpcqYuF
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 26, 2020
“Kane, likewise, has fast-paced forwards who he can pick out. That’s been Son of late – most notably in that 5-2 win over Southampton when Kane took advantage of the hosts’ high line to assist his team-mate four times,” Keown wrote.
Indeed, Son and Kane have looked unstoppable so far this season. The pair have combined nine times leading to a goal for Spurs in the Premier League this term, most recently in their 1-0 win over Burnley.
It was the 29th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal – the division’s second-highest tally, only behind Chelsea’s legendary duo of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his forward continue in their merry ways when Spurs face off against Brighton on Sunday.