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Harry Kane vs Romelu Lukaku - who is a better striker?

Monday 27th March 2017
It's been a long-standing debate in the Premier League, and one that doesn't look like ending anytime soon. Arguably two of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League are Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku – parallels can be drawn between them in many ways, but which is the better striker?

It's no news that prolific goalscorers are a dying breed all over the football universe. We only have a handful of strikers who can be trusted to contribute 30+ league goals per season every season. This is why the spotlight usually falls on strikers who come close reaching those numbers.

Two strikers who have had such spotlight beamed on them in the last couple of years are Romelu Lukaku of Everton and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Both strikers have been lighting up the stage in the Premier League with some superb goals – coincidentally, both strikers are 23 and both are rapidly approaching the 100 Premier League goals mark. However, which of the pair is the better and more clinical striker and which will you rather have in your team?

I'll do an analysis of both players, make my verdict and leave you to make yours.

Harry Kane

Since anyone can actually remember, Harry Kane has been on the books of Tottenham. He was sent out on loan to lower league sides such as Leyton Orient, Millwall and Norwich (with whom he got some Premier League experience). However, Harry Kane's first full season with Spurs was the 2014/2015 season – and he showed Spurs what they had been missing by scoring 21 Premier League goals and providing 4 assists; he narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League Golden Boot award.
Harry Kane again repeated the feat in the 2015/2016 season, this time he scored 25 Premier League goals and provided one assist to finish the season as the Premier League top scorer. In European competitions, Kane has scored 9 goals in 3 seasons for Spurs – 7 in the Europa League and 2 in the Champions League. In the Premier League this season, Kane is in the running for another Golden Boot award – having scored 19 goals in 22 games for Spurs.

For England however, Harry Kane is yet to produce as much as he has for Spurs - he's scored 5 goals in 17 caps for the Three Lions.

Romelu Lukaku

After consistently scoring double figures for two seasons (2010/2011 and 2011/2012) for Anderlecht, Chelsea was convinced they had found a teenager who would be heir to Didier Drogba at Chelsea. The Blues went on to pay nearly £18 million for his services.
However, after his first couple of seasons at Chelsea in which he had only played 10 games with just one assist to show, it was time move on. Then came the loan spells. First, he was sent out to West Brom for the 2012/2013 season on a season-long loan. He enjoyed plenty of game time at West Brom, playing 35 Premier League games and scoring 17 goals. By the time his loan spell came to an end at the Hawthorns, the West Brom fans didn't want him to leave.

He was again loaned out in the 2013/2014 season, this time to Everton. By the end of that season, he had scored 15 Premier League goals for the club. The club had seen enough. By the start of the 2014/2015 season, Everton paid £28 million to Chelsea to make his loan deal permanent. He repaid their faith by scoring 20 goals for the club. In the 2015/2016 season, his tally increased to 25.

This season, he has already scored 21 Premier League goals for Everton and provided 6 assists – a goal-tally that makes him the League's top scorer so far. His 64 Premier League goals for Everton makes him the club's highest scorer in the Premier League era.

For his national team, Romelu Lukaku has scored 20 goals in 55 appearances – at just 23!

My verdict

For me, Romelu Lukaku is a better striker than Harry Kane. At the same age, under the same circumstances of constantly being loaned out – Lukaku has achieved more. He's scored 81 Premier League goals as opposed to Kane's 68 Premier League goals. Lukaku's national team tally of 20 goals in 55 caps almost makes Kane look like a rookie with 5 goals in 17 England caps.

Romelu Lukaku is stronger, faster, less injury-prone, more of a team player and more likely to succeed at a bigger club than Harry Kane.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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