EPL Player to watch – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

kane8The Premier League ends a seemingly endless summer of waiting this weekend when it returns to action, and with football up and down the country fans are rubbing their hands together at the prospect of another nine months or so of constant matches, stories and controversies. OK, so there has been a World Cup since last season concluded back in May – and what a time to be an England fan – but one of the Three Lions’ key players will set out to end one of the most bizarre existing curses in the English top-flight. Despite scoring a whopping 52 goals in 59 games for club and country last season – a truly exhausting campaign with little respite – Harry Kane will be desperate to find the net against Newcastle in Spurs’ opener.

Kane captained England to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer – their best finish since also ending fourth in 1990 – and also announced via social media the birth of his second daughter on Wednesday. That all equates to an exhausting time for the former Millwall loanee, and while it is yet to be confirmed whether he will actually be playing this weekend the 25-year-old will be desperate to turn out and find the net. Ever since Kane made his first senior appearance in a Tottenham shirt over seven years ago, and despite the large number of goals he has scored for the club, not a single one of them have come in the month of August. Much like certain clubs tend to go off the boil in a certain month of the season, Kane seems to struggle in August for some strange reason.

He never seems to have any problem scoring at any other stage of a season – even in a prolonged period of performance such as a World Cup summer. It really is one of those bizarre stats that will almost certainly go away at some stage, but every season that it continues it seems to become a bigger deal. Of course, he has only been a first team regular for the last four seasons or so, and so the stat may seem a little inflated, but it still stands and will continue to do so until he hits the back of the net in the opening month of a season. With Heung-Min Son playing alongside him and England team-mates Dele Alli and Eric Dier providing the chances he is always in a good position to score – you never tend to bet against him doing so.

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