“Harry Kane is an incredible player. What he has done in recent years and his career is amazing. So, Tammy needs to look up to that.”
So said Frank Lampard on Saturday after Tammy Abraham struck his 10th Premier League goal of the season against Crystal Palace.
Hours later, England’s captain, Kane, was enduring another frustrating afternoon. Tottenham held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.
Abraham has been included in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for this week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.
While Kane remains the undisputed first choice, what d the numbers tell us about who should be leading the line?
Abraham for England
Lampard believes Kane is the ‘next stage’ for Abraham. Reason being Abraham has shown there are so many parts to his game.
However, the Chelsea striker is outperforming Kane in almost every aspect. This has been evidenced after 12 Premier League games this season.
Abraham is the English top flight’s second-highest goalscorer this term. The striker trails Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy by one goal.
Of the strikers included in Southgate’s Three Lions squad, Abraham is out-performing his expected goals value by the biggest margin. So far, scoring three goals more than would be expected based on the chances he has had.
Among those players, Abraham has had 38 shots. Abraham became the second-youngest player to reach double figures for Premier League goals for Chelsea after Dutch winger, Arjen Robben.
In the club’s history, only Diego Costa and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have required fewer matches to reach 10 Premier League goals.
What about Kane?
While Abraham and Chelsea are flying high, Tottenham are struggling in 14th place in the Premier League table.
The England skipper has netted six times in 11 Premier League games scoring with one in every five of his overall attempts.
That’s enough to keep Kane on track to beat his haul of 17 league goals in an injury disrupted campaign last term.
However, former goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer described Kane as “stationary.”
He said, “it’s one of the few games I have ever seen him play where he has not caused problems.”
“He hasn’t had a lot of movement. Instead, he has stayed very central and when they have tried to play balls up to him, he was either too high or he was outnumbered and lost the ball very easily.”
The task facing Abraham now is consistency-something Kane has mastered over recent seasons.
Across Europe’s top five leagues, only four players have scored more club goals than the Tottenham skipper since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.
His 53 goals in that time, averaging one every 122.55 minutes of action is superior to that of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, for England, Kane continues to deliver consistently. It is up for debate whether Abraham, would have achieved similar returns in a rather favorable Group A.
Nonetheless, Kane has proven himself to Southgate on football’s biggest stage as he claimed the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot in Russia.