Harry Kane vs. Thierry Henry: the higher participant


Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Tottenham talisman Harry Kane are two of the largest strikers in Premier League historical past, sitting on both aspect of one among English soccer’s hardest rivalries.

Each has its personal unimaginable strengths, with few apparent weaknesses, and followers and neutrals can argue for both nook all day.

But judging their pair by 4 essential standards, who was actually the perfect participant?

Kane has a superb report in opposition to Arsenal / IAN KINGTON / Getty Images

One of Henry’s most well-known Arsenal targets got here in opposition to Tottenham in 2002 and carried the ball 60 yards or extra inside his personal half at Highbury and shot low into the nook.

He additionally by no means misplaced a derby in north London throughout his profession, though he scored much more targets in opposition to different groups than he ever did in opposition to Spurs. Five targets in 11 derby matches is admittedly respectable, however there are 19 golf equipment Henry was extra productive in opposition to – 12 at 13 in opposition to Leeds, for instance 10 in opposition to Chelsea, 9 in opposition to Manchester United or 13 in opposition to poor Middlesbrough.

Kane has in the meantime utterly restored the steadiness in north London. He has made 11 appearances in 15 derby video games, serving to Spurs win six of these, enhancing Arsenal’s report over the identical interval. It had been utterly unknown in Henry’s time.

In his profession to date, the Spurs talisman has solely ever scored extra usually in opposition to two golf equipment – Everton (12) and Leicester (17).

Verdict: Harry Kane

Henry can go away defenders in his tracks / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Where Kane can’t maintain a lightweight for Henry is in terms of tempo and dribbling. England’s striker is a talented passer of the ball, a aspect of his sport he has developed as he matures, however his general strengths are primarily based on energy and motion somewhat than apparent athletic agility.

Henry began as a winger, a position he performed for Monaco and Juventus, as properly as firstly of his worldwide profession for France. His strained velocity left excellent for taking part in exterior, whether or not it was left or proper, whereas additionally being a pure ball service.

These property later supported his transfer to a extra central place and helped make him probably the greatest strikers on this planet when he reached Arsenal in 1999. Some of his most memorable targets for the Gunners have been the end result of solo runs.

Kane simply doesn’t have that form of velocity to run away from defenders.

Verdict: Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry received so much with Arsenal and others / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Henry received groups and particular person awards all through his well-known profession, together with his first style of silver coming when a golden Monaco aspect received the French title in 1996/97 when he was 19. At 20 he had a World Cup medal and added Euro 2000 -same to his transfer two years later.

In England, Henry received two Premier League titles with Arsenal, one among which was the historic “Invincibles” season, as properly as two FA Cups. Individually, he additionally received 4 Premier League Golden Boots and was twice in the highest three within the Ballon d’Or.

After that, the Frenchman received the Champions League with Barcelona as a part of a historic treble and even tasted glory with the New York Red Bulls by profitable the MLS ‘Supporters’ Shield, handed over to the membership that tops the common season standings yearly.

In stark distinction, Kane has received … properly, nothing. He has his three Golden Boot awards, however in terms of precise staff trophies, his locker is bare. That was one among the motivating components behind his need to depart Tottenham this summer season, to seek out a membership that might help him win one thing.

Verdict: Thierry Henry

Kane has an excellent objective report within the Premier League / JON SUPER / Getty Images

Both Henry and Kane are distinctive objective scorers in completely different methods.

Henry is sixth on the Premier League’s checklist of high scorers of all time 175, after spending his peak years in English soccer with Arsenal and leaving on the age of 29.

A 28-year-old Kane is already only one place behind and can be anticipated to come back over him someday through the 2021/22 season, excluding an unlikely and unpredictable complete lack of kind.

Although he had stopped enjoying on the wing early in his profession, Henry’s choice was nonetheless to slip to the left flank. Kane is rather more of a pure “number nine” in the standard sense, a participant who’s extra comfy within the penalty space as a poacher.

Kane is unquestionably additionally the marginally higher objective scorer. If we have been to beat Henry’s final season at Arsenal in 2006/07 when he solely performed a restricted variety of matches, plus his quick mortgage return in 2012, and referee Kane from the start of 2014/15 when he turned a daily till the top of 2020/21 have each performed seven full-time instantly comparable Premier League seasons at the identical age.

Within that, Henry scored 164 Premier League targets in 237 video games with a median of 0.69 per sport. Kane scored 163 in 232 video games, averaging 0.7 per sport.

Verdict: Harry Kane

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