England captain Harry Kane on Thursday reached the 200th goal mark when he rose above the Ludogorets’ defenders to head a stunner in the 13th minute of Europa League draw. It was his 300th match for the Lillywhites and the skipper delivered in a 3-1 win over the Bulgarian leaders.
According to an AFP report, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho told BT Sport that it is “just a matter of time” before Harry Kane breaks Jimmy Greaves’ all-time record of 266 goals for the club. He became the third player to reach the 200 goal mark.
Greaves and Bobby Smith are the only other two players to have scored more.
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This was Harry Kane’s 12th goal of the season. He has scored six goals in the Premier League and assisted eight, the most by a player this season. While Tottenham lie third on the points table, a victory against West Brom this Sunday will take them on the top.
“The numbers make him a club legend, with what he is achieving in the Premier League and all competitions is great for such a young guy. Tonight, 45 minutes one goal and one assist (for Lucas Moura’s goal, taking Kane to double figures for assists this season). I believe he can. It’s just a matter of time,” Mourinho said.
Kane’s first goal for Spurs came in the same competition in 2011 against Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers. But it took him another three years to establish himself as a regular starter and he spent time on loan at a number of clubs, including Leicester. The 27-year-old said records were not on his mind but promised to keep the goals coming.
“It is a great achievement to reach 200 goals but for sure I hope there are a few more left so let’s keep them coming. (Beating records) is not on my mind. You guys will let me know when I get the next one, but it is hard to take in when you are playing, I think once you finish you take it all in,” Kane said.
Kane’s achievement was hailed by former Spurs greats Gary Lineker and Glenn Hoddle.
“What an achievement for @HKane scoring his 200th goal for @SpursOfficial in his 300th game. Well played,” tweeted Lineker.
Hoddle said Kane should pass Greaves’ record provided he stays at the club.
“I’m delighted for him,” said Hoddle on BT Sport. “Look at those players there, (Bobby) Smith and Jimmy Greaves are only ahead of him.
“I think if he stays at the club I think he could actually catch Jimmy.”