Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen believes that the race for the Premier League Golden Boot between Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane will be fought until the very last game.
Lukaku appeared to be destined for the Golden Boot during the latter stages of the 2016/17 campaign, only for Kane to somehow score seven goals in Spurs’ last two games to pip the Belgian to the post.
And the pair have both made scintillating starts to the new campaign, with Lukaku topping the Premier League charts with seven goals while Kane is level with Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata on six.
Speaking soon after Belgium’s 4-0 win over Cyprus (a game that saw Lukaku notch his 16th goal for club and country since his Old Trafford switch), Vertonghen admitted that it was too tough to call who would emerge on top.
“In my eyes it is difficult to split them,” he said. “I think they will keep playing for the Golden Boot until the last game of the season like they did last year.”
“Obviously Romelu is in great form. Harry is special as well. I can’t find the words to describe them enough.”
We have to admit Morata into the running for this year’s award as well following the Spaniard’s swift start to life in the Premier League, but he will have some catching up to do after he suffered a hamstring injury against Chelsea.
Indeed, while injuries are a fact of life, Kane and Lukaku can attribute a considerable portion of their success to an ability to score on a week-in, week-out basis. Sergio Aguero, for example, has notably failed to do this in years gone by.
But the aforementioned pair are nothing short of ruthless. Their powerful, direct styles, along with an intuitive sense of where to stand in the box, aligns perfectly with the harsh vicissitudes of the Premier League, and as a football fan you can only hope to see it continue.