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Is Harry Kane a better striker than Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski?

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Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Harry Kane has won 2 successive golden boots in the Premier League

The development of Harry Kane sure has been exciting to watch from an Englishman's perspective.

From the moment Kane scored his first competitive goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League on December 15th back in 2011, it has just got better and better for the English star.

82 goals later, the 24-year-old is living up to be a world-class striker. Two successive Premier League golden boots, a debut goal for his country and a PFA Young Player of the Year award under his belt certainly represents what a talent English football has in front of them.

Only 6 game weeks into the new season and Kane has already scored six goals in all competitions for the Lilywhites, and is expected to be fighting for a third successive Premier League golden boot.

Kane is, perhaps, one of the best goal scorers in the Premier League, but where does he rank when you compare him to his European counterparts?

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Luis Suarez has not had the best of starts this season

Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez are two of the best strikers in the business. They are world-class players who never fail to find their target and perform when their team needs it. One thing Lewandowski and Suarez have in common, is representing the biggest clubs in the world.

The question is - Is Harry Kane a better striker than Suarez and Lewandowski? It's a question you can't answer with just a yes or a no. At this moment in time, many would say that the man from Poland and the Uruguayan are better strikers than Kane.

That is understandable as both Lewandowski and Suarez have achieved more in their careers than Kane so far.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski has been a phenomenal facet of the Bayern Munich team

In modern-day football, many world-class players can be seen as a brand as well as a performer and a competitor.

Just look at Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are both arguably the best to have ever played the sport and have been decorated with a number of trophies and records throughout their careers.

With this, it is obvious that the money grabbing agents have taken the opportunity to promote footballers in any possible way, from product advertising to selling autobiographies, when the light shines on them week in and week out.

Not only does it provide a nice income, but it also promotes the player's name, making the most of their talent off the pitch.

Lewandowski and Suarez are big names to the global sport and as well as scoring never-ending goals for their teams, they are rewarded with triumph by lifting at least one trophy at the end of every season.

If you look at their upbringing, both players had to make big transfer moves to be able to achieve their goals. Lewandowski left Borussia Dortmund to join rivals Bayern Munich for a bigger chance to conquer Europe, while Suarez moved to Barcelona from Liverpool for the same reasons.

Suarez won the UEFA Champions League in his debut season for the Spanish giants, being part of a famous front trio with Messi and Neymar. The furthest Lewandowski has got to winning the Champions League, is finishing in the semi-finals on three occasions in the last four seasons.

One thing Kane may need to do to be even better than the likes of Suarez and Lewandowski, is to one day leave Spurs for a bigger club. Kane has proved his worth in his time so far for Spurs, but has no trophies to show for his own and his team's efforts, after missing out on the Premier League title to Leicester City in 2016.

Also read: What if: Harry Kane had stayed at Arsenal

The new season is showing strong promise for Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino and his men. But, being away from White Hart Lane for a year may have consequences as no wins have yet been recorded at their temporary home - Wembley Stadium.

There may be a career target in Kane's sight and that may well be Alan Shearer's record of 260 Premier League goals. Kane is currently on 82 goals after scoring a double past West Ham United over the weekend.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Kane still needs 178 goals to level Shearer's Premier League record

It's a long target and may motivate Kane to stay put in the English top-flight. Shearer himself recently said the 24-year-old could break his record.

Shearer said:

"Tottenham striker Harry Kane has all the tools to top my Premier League goal scoring record."

Looking at Kane's future sure is exciting and bigger things could be coming his way, but it will all come down to whether or not himself and Spurs will have the same ambitions.

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