The Tottenham striker netted twice inside four minutes to write more history for his club
Harry Kane has written himself into the Premier League record books once again after snagging a quickfire first-half brace for Tottenham against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The England captain, fresh from international duty with the Three Lions, netted twice inside four minutes to haul Spurs back from Joelinton’s opener on Tyneside.
In doing so, the striker set both a new top-flight record in the modern era and matched another one, to further enshrine his burgeoning legacy as one of the British game’s modern greats.
What has Kane achieved?
Having seen his side go down thanks to a low Magpies strike, the forward seized momentum back inside two minutes with a close-range finish.
Four minutes later, he doubled his tally for the day after linking up with Tanguy Ndombele on the right flank, stroking a powerful effort in at the far post beyond Martin Dubravka.
In doing so, Kane took his total of away goals in the Premier League to 84 – more than any other player has achieved for a single club in the competition.
Not only that, but the 27-year-old’s efforts also meant that he has joined a select group of England legends, becoming just the fourth man in the modern era to score five goals each at five different away venues in the Premier League.
Only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen had previously achieved the feat, but now with his success at St James’ Park – to go alongside similar triumphs at the King Power Stadium, Selhurst Park, Goodison Park and St Mary’s – Kane has joined rareified company.
The bigger picture
Kane’s brace could prove to be absolutely crucial in the trajectory of Tottenham’s season, as Jose Mourinho’s side bid to avoid successive campaigns in the Europa League.
Having become a Champions League mainstay under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs found themselves in the second tier of European club football this season, and looked among the favourites to lift the trophy before a shock last-16 exit to Dinamo Zagreb last month.