- Harry Kane is the most prolific points winner in the Premier League this season
- His 24 strikes this season have been solely responsible for 14 of Spurs’ points
- Take those goals away, and Spurs lose a number of wins and draws – and points
It is an often repeated phrase by fans, usually of other, rival clubs: where would Tottenham be without Harry Kane?
The Spurs striker is the most prolific points winner in the Premier League – his 24 strikes this season have been solely responsible for 14 of Tottenham’s points. Take those goals away, and Spurs lose a number of wins and draws.
It gives the Premier League table a very different look if the biggest point-earning scorers are removed, with Tottenham catapulted down from fourth to fifth – behind rivals Arsenal.
Harry Kane’s 24 strikes this season have been solely responsible for 14 of Tottenham’s points
Kane’s goals have been worth more to his club than any other player’s to theirs – closely followed by Mo Salah, whose 23 goals have directly won Liverpool 13 league points so far.
Manchester City’s biggest points earner is Raheem Sterling, with 15 strikes earning 11 points. Sergio Aguero may have scored 21, but those have only been worth seven points.
This is because many of Aguero’s goals have come in thrashings – four in the 5-1 thrashing of Leicester, for example, meaning two of them had no bearing on points won.
Kane’s haul meanwhile includes winners against Arsenal and Crystal Palace, plus equalisers against Liverpool, West Brom and Southampton this season.
Kane is closely followed by Mo Salah, whose 23 goals have directly won Liverpool 13 points
TOP SIX WITH BEST POINT EARNERS
Man City – 72 pts
Man United – 59 pts
Liverpool – 57 pts
Tottenham – 55 pts
Chelsea – 53 pts
Arsenal – 45 pts
TOP SIX WITHOUT BEST POINT EARNERS
Man City – 54
Chelsea – 53
Man United – 51
Arsenal – 45
Tottenham – 41
Liverpool – 37
More crucial to the rearranged table, for example, is Sadio Mane, whose seven goals have won Liverpool seven points.
If you remove the goals of every top six player who has won their side seven or more points this season, then Liverpool lose 20 points, Manchester City 18, Tottenham 14, Manchester United eight – with Chelsea and Arsenal losing zero.
This would move Chelsea into second, Arsenal up to fourth, Spurs and Liverpool out of the top four – but Man City would still lead the way.
Sergio Aguero may have scored 21, but those have only been worth seven points to Man City