England captain Harry Kane has equalled the all-time goal record for Tottenham Hotspur, previously held exclusively by Jimmy Greaves.
His first-half strike in the Premier League against Fulham at Craven Cottage was his 266th goal in a Spurs shirt, bringing him level with Greaves.
It also was enough to earn his side all three points, a welcome relief after a chastening week that had seen them lose to both North London rivals Arsenal and Manchester City.
Kane was playing in his 415th club game for Spurs, and that was his 199th Premier League goal.
Unlike Kane, who apart from a few brief unsuccessful loan moves earlier in his career, has been a one-club man, Greaves had already established himself as one of the best strikers in England by the time he was signed by Tottenham in 1961, having enjoyed a highly successful career already with Chelsea, before a short stay in Italy with AC Milan.
He would play for the club until 1970, making 381 appearances in all, and won the FA Cup twice with them and the European Cup Winners’ Cup as well (Kane has not won any silverware with Tottenham who have failed to lift a major trophy since 2008).
Greaves would later play for West Ham United and Barnet, before becoming a much-loved TV pundit.
One of his biggest regrets was missing out on a World Cup medal with England. In 1966 he was part of the team that got to the quarter-finals, but then contracted glandular fever. Geoff Hurst took his place in the team, and the rest is history.
In terms of the Premier League, Kane is now third on the all-time list, nine behind Wayne Rooney, who currently sits in second place with 208 goals to his name. That record will be in his sights by the end of the season, whilst, longer-term, he will be aiming for Alan Shearer’s all-time mark of 258 Premier League goals.
He has now got 16 Premier League goals this campaign so far, which would normally put him in pole position to win the Golden Boot for the top scorer in the league (he has won it on three previous occasions).
This, though, is not a normal season, because of the arrival of Erling Haaland at Manchester City. The Norwegian, who scored his fourth hat-trick of the campaign against Wolves at the weekend, is already up to the 25-goal mark and is on track to break all sorts of records.
Kane’s uncertain future
There has been speculation over Kane’s future in North London. He is out of contract next summer, and he could walk away for free then and agree a lucrative signing-on fee with a new club. He has been heavily linked with moves away in the past and came close to joining Manchester City in the summer of 2021, but the two clubs were unable to agree on a fee.
However, he has now given hints that he may be prepared to stay with Spurs, which will give great cheer to the club’s supporters. He will be 30 later this year, and aware that this will be the last major contract of his career, so his continued commitment will help cement his status as a club legend.
A welcome win for Conte
The win at Fulham was a welcome win for manager Antonio Conte, because it keeps his side in contention for a Champions League place. They remain in fifth, just three points behind Manchester United, although having played a game more.
The Italian, whose own contract expires in the summer, has not cut a happy figure recently, and has critical of the size and quality of the squad at his disposal.
An added complication is the position of the club’s Managing Director, Fabio Paratichi. He has recently been found guilty, along with a number of other former executives of the club, by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), of manipulating transfer values and false accounting during his time with Juventus.
He has been banned from all involvement in Italian football for 30 months, and the FIGC have appealed to UEFA and FIFA to make the ban worldwide.
All involved have appealed their convictions.
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