Pep Guardiola knows his onions.
Especially if those onions are football shaped and in the Premier League.
Back in October when it looked like there might actually be a title race Guardiola called Spurs the ‘Harry Kane team’.
That led to general uproar about the other talent floating around in the North London club.
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen certainly had reasonable gripes not to be seen just as the supporting cast.
But now it looks like Pep has been proven completely right.
These statistics show that Kane has scored 18 of Spurs 37 goals (not including OGs).
Amazingly, the England man has netted 48% of his team’s goals.
It is a considerably higher proportion than every other side in the league.
Kane finished 2017 as the leading scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, bettering Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s feats.
He also broke Alan Shearer’s record for the number of Premier League goals in a calendar year with 39 strikes.
Two hat tricks in the last two games of the year saw Kane reach god status with Spurs fans.
And the team’s dependence on his goals shows that Guardiola is owed an apology by a few people.
Let’s compare it to the other top six teams.
Arsenal and Manchester City have the best spread of goals – but City have banged in 61 to the Gunners’ 37 – with Rahemm Sterling and Alexandre Lacazette leading the charts with just over a fifth of their teams’ goals.
Man United look to Romelu Lukaku to give them the winning edge with the Belgian responsible for 23% of United’s tally.
- Mesut Ozil pulled off the mother of all nutmegs on Danny Welbeck before Crystal Palace match
- Hector Bellerin is slowly overtaking Juan Mata as the nicest man in football
Chelsea have Alvaro Morata to thank for nearly a third of all their goals and Liverpool’s main man is obviously Mo Salah with exactly a third of theirs.
What a year for Premier League strikers.
Mauricio Pochettino needs to remind the rest of his side they are allowed to score themselves.
Otherwise Pep’s cheeky nickname will really start to stick.