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Wake me up when august ends

The stats behind Harry Kane’s August goal-drought is simply incredible and proves the hoodoo is REAL

The striker has never scored for Spurs in August, despite being one of the world's most potent goalscorers

August is well and truly behind us, which is seriously great news for Harry Kane. 

After only a few hours into September, the towering forward scored his first goal of the new season in England’s World Cup qualifier clash against Malta.

Clearly relieved, the Tottenham forward celebrated by netting a second not long after.

Four more goals have followed, with braces against Everton and Dortmund making Kane one of Dream Team’s biggest points scorers this month.

He’s scored 38 points on the game this week alone, and we’re reasonably confident he’ll add to his tally against Swansea at the weekend.

In stark contrast, the Golden Boot winner scored just seven points in Spurs’ opening three games, as he failed to score against Newcastle, Chelsea or Burnley during the month of August.

Will he add to his tally this weekend?

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Will he add to his tally this weekend?

In fact, in the NINE seasons Kane has been in and around the first-team squad at Spurs, he’s notched a sensational ZERO goals in the Premier League.

And as the club’s main outlet for goals, it’s hardly surprising that when he struggles, so too does the team.

Just before the international break, Spurs managed to score just four times as they hovered around ninth place in the league table.

Harry Kane has played nearly 900 minutes of Premier League football in August

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Harry Kane has played nearly 900 goal-less minutes of Premier League football in August

In total, Kane has played 13 times in the Premier League in the month of August, accumulating 898 goal-less minutes.

If that’s not bad enough, he’s attempted 44 shots all together, only hitting the target ten times – or less than once per game.

That’s heroically bad.

⚽Ian Wright's first goal scorer tips⚽

  • Alvaro Morata, 7/2: “Arsenal look vulnerable at the back and I can see Alvaro Morata catching them cold early on”
  • Harry Kane, 12/5: “I said before that the August curse was a load of b******s but something remarkable has happened to Harry Kane since September started”
  • Christian Benteke, 5/1: “Roy Hodgson may not be everybody’s cup of tea but his style will suit Christian Benteke down to the ground”

Compare his record in August to other months and the hoodoo seems all the more real.

In November, Kane can boast nine goals in 11 outings, while March has seen 12 goals in just TEN games.

In fact, four months break double-figures, while three more months have seen nine goals off the boot of Kane.


As Ian Wright said: “I said before that Harry Kane’s August curse was a load of b******s.

“But even I can’t deny that something has happened to the Spurs striker in September.

“He is in terrific form and I’m getting on Kane to score first against Swansea.”

Wise words, Wrighty. 

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