Kane leaves Klopp with­out an­swers

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Yes­ter­day’s at­ten­dance of 80,827 was the high­est for a Premier League game, beat­ing the record of 76,098 when Manch­ester United beat Black­burn 4-1 at Old Traf­ford in March 2007. Kane a po­ten­tial World Player of the Year?

Harry Kane now has 17 goals in 16 ap­pear­ances for club and coun­try this sea­son, which rep­re­sents a bet­ter strike rate than Lionel Messi (18 in 18), Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (11 in 13), and Ney­mar (9 in 14), who are the fron­trun­ners for Fifa’s World Player of the Year.

So is Kane, still just 24, good enough to main­tain this form and get in the run­ning for the 2018 gong? He made the 30-man short­list this year but no English­man has ac­tu­ally won ei­ther the Fifa ver­sion or the Bal­lon D’OR since Michael Owen in 2001. If he keeps it up, will goals alone be enough to win it for him — or will he need to be part of a Tot­ten­ham team who ac­tu­ally win some­thing this year?

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