Harry Kane injured: The numbers that show why Spurs and England could be in trouble
Tottenham and England are set for a spell without talisman Harry Kane following his injury.
The striker suffered a ruptured tendon of his left hamstring and will require surgery, meaning he is not expected back in Spurs training until April.
With Jose Mourinho's men off the pace in the Premier League while England prepare for Euro 2020, the news comes as a blow to both club and country.
Using Opta data, we take a look at just how Kane's absence impacts both Tottenham and England.
It should come as no surprise that Spurs and England shoot less often when Kane is not playing, with the forward boasting the ability and willingness to score from just about anywhere.
But Kane is also a wonderful playmaker, often dropping deep to create space and pick passes for runners such as Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Raheem Sterling or Marcus Rashford.
17 & 14 - No players were involved in more goals than Harry Kane (17) and Raheem Sterling (14) during EURO 2020 qualifying:— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 19, 2019
H. KANE - 17 (12G, 5A)
R. STERLING - 14 (8G, 6A)
A. Dzyuba - 14 (9G, 5A)
M. Depay - 13 (6G, 7A)
E. Hazard - 12 (5G, 7A)
E. Zahavi - 12 (11G, 1A)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kane has played 187 Premier League matches, in which Tottenham averaged 15.6 shots per game. In the 24 fixtures he has missed, that figure drops to 14.9 shots per game.
The difference is more marked with England. Since his international debut in March 2015, the Three Lions have attempted 15.1 shots per game with Kane in the side (45 matches) and 12.3 without (16 matches).
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So it follows that with fewer shots come fewer goals. Spurs and England certainly feel Kane's absence when it comes to putting the ball in the net.
The London club have scored 359 times across his Premier League matches since 2014-15, an average of 1.9 per game. They net 1.3 per game without him.
136 - Only Alan Shearer (145) and Sergio Aguero (138) have scored more Premier League goals in their first 200 appearances in the competition than Harry Kane (136). Bagsman. pic.twitter.com/iNWHVIZehW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2019
England score a hugely impressive average of 2.3 goals per game – 103 in total – when the top scorer in Euro 2020 qualifying is involved. That drops to that same mark of 1.3 when he is missing.
Interestingly, though, England's defence is statistically meaner when Kane is absent, conceding 0.5 goals per game, down from 0.9.
Tottenham concede roughly one goal per game regardless of their front man's availability.
Tottenham were already struggling to finish in the top four in this season's Premier League with Kane in the side, so Mourinho really has his work cut out now.
Their top-flight win rate since 2014-15 falls from 57.2 per cent to a relatively ordinary 45.8 per cent when Kane is not involved.
6 - In the last six Premier League matches that Harry Kane has played no part in for Tottenham Hotspur, they have picked up just five points (W1 D2 L3) and scored only four goals, despite attempting 80 shots (5% conversion rate). Hamstrung. pic.twitter.com/GG3R243f12— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2020
They have lost seven of the 24 games he has not been involved in, while their points return drops from 1.9 per game to 1.6.
Although England may concede more often on average with Kane on the pitch, they are a much better side going forward when they can count on their captain, winning 64.4 per cent of matches with him compared to 50 per cent without.