Harry Kane’s second strike in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday night means that he and Heung-min Son have now combined for more goals than any other duo in a single Premier League season.
The deadly pairing have always had a good understanding, but they have ascended to another level this term. Prior to the visit of Crystal Palace, Son and Kane had combined to score 13 goals during the 2020/2021 campaign.
As per Opta, that put them ahead of Alan Shearer and Mike Newell in the 1995/1996 campaign, as well as Les Ferdinand and Kevin Gallen for QPR back in 1994/1995, who both teamed up for 11 goals. In addition, their tally was already better than the 12 goals that Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson combined for during the 2018/2019 term, when they were both playing for Bournemouth.
Most importantly, it also put them level with Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn during the title-winning 1994/1995 season.
With the score already 3-1, the pair then broke the record against the Eagles with Son assisting Kane for Spurs’ fourth goal. The strike itself was emblematic of their understanding. It started with Erik Lamela floating a ball to the back post for the onrushing Son. The South Korean somehow managed to fly through the air and cushion it delicately into the path of Kane, who helped himself to the easiest of headed finishes.
This was not the only record that the England captain set against Palace either. By creating both of Gareth Bale’s goals, he also became the first Spurs player since Jurgen Klinsmann in May 1998 to score twice and provide two assists in a single Premier League game.