Harry Kane (Spurs) vs Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Harry Kane came up to the limelight this season under Mauricio Pochettino who used him regularly in the first team squad. Pochettino initially used him as an impact substitute. After some consecutive good performances, he got chances in starting XI. He scored the first hat-trick of his professional career last year in October.
Kane has become the buzz of the country in recent times owing to his incredible form. He has so far scored 8 league goals in 2015. In the current season, he ranks fourth among the top scorers of the Premier League in 2014/15. He is also the highest scoring English striker jointly with Charlie Austin.
Kane scored a brace in North London derby and helped his side to win against rivals Arsenal last Saturday.
Today we have decided to compare his stats with Arsenal’s top striker Olivier Giroud. The table below gives us a gross comparison between the two strikers of the arch-rival teams.
|Aerial duels won
*All the figures has been taken from Squawka.com
Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in this season so far from 21 Premier League appearances. Compared to him, Arsenal’s front man is lagging behind by 6 goals. He has scored 7 so far. It has to be taken into consideration though that Giroud was injured in the initial stages of the league.
The English youngster has an enviable pass completion percentage of 76%. Olivier Giroud too is not lagging behind with 65% pass completion rate in this season so far.
Kane has created 15 goalscoring chances for his team, Giroud’s stats being 11. In this section too Kane has surpassed the Frenchman by a handsome margin.
A very intriguing quality of the young English striker is his ability to track back often when the opponent is attacking. That is a very good quality in a striker who comes back to help out the defenders and midfielders. That’s obviously an extra advantage for any manager. Harry Kane has won 17 tackles so far, which proves his defending ability. The Arsenal striker, on the other hand has won 11 tackles which is also good compared to the number of games he has played.
Olivier Giroud clearly surpasses the English forward in just one area that is aerial ability. Giroud has a formidable height and he uses his stature well. His season statistics of aerial duel won clearly reflects his ability.
Overall Harry Kane is having a season of his lifetime. He is one of the best English players in this season. He will surely grow up to a great striker and Roy Hodgson may soon call up Kane in the national team. He is perfect number 9 for English national team in the future.