Words from Harry Kane that will have struck the majority of Tottenham Hotspur fans from afar, as their star striker answered questions about his future with the Spurs in a question and answer session recently.
Kane’s availability would surely tempt the vast majority of clubs competing at the top of Europe given his scoring record since leaving the Spurs, but he is unlikely to attract Liverpool’s attention.
It’s not only its £ 150m price that is likely to deter the Reds, but also its product level, as Liverpool’s investment in analysis is likely to recognize that it is not delivering like it was once.
Since Kane’s breakthrough, he has become one of the most prolific attackers in the world.
In the 2017/18 season, for example, Kane performed at the highest level. He scored 30 Premier League goals and averaged 5.4 shots every 90 minutes.
As a reminder, the most frequent shooter of this season based on players who have amassed more than 1500 minutes on the field is Mohamed Salah with approximately 3.7 for 90.
Not surprisingly, the more a player tends to shoot, the more he tends to score.
Kane’s unrivaled ability to get shots is one of the main reasons he’s recognized as one of the most clinical strikers in world football.
However, its production has decreased this season.
Kane continued his impressive 2017/18 campaign with about 3.8 shots out of 90 last season, which remains strong but is significantly lower than its 5.4 from the previous year.
This season, that number has again dropped to an average of 2.9 shots by 90, as shown in the graph below, and this is his lowest average of six seasons, he has been the main striker for Tottenham.
His current number of 2.9 strokes per 90 isn’t bad, but it’s not great either, Raul Jimenez overshadowing that number at 3.6 par 90 this season.
There is the obvious caveat that Kane’s diminishing effectiveness coincided with the fall of the Spurs of Grace, given the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino and the appointment of Jose Mourinho, but it is nonetheless worrying.
Kane may be suffering from what surrounds him, but it is also possible that his physical attributes were shocked due to injuries over time, the English captain being known for his tendency to return quickly after notable setbacks.
He is valued for more than his ability to find the net, with a full game that is more complete than most of his peers and he is still likely to continue to display this class, but in the end, there is a reason to suggest that it has already experienced its peak.
From Liverpool’s point of view, it’s actually the polar opposite of what the club’s recruiting team wants.
Salah was signed at the age of 25, Sadio Mane at 24 and Roberto Firmino at 23, each of whom had not yet reached their respective cap before moving to Anfield.
Kane’s record and status will boost interest in club transfers, but diligent operators who appreciate painful details will avoid investing excessive funds in a player who appears to have gone above his best.