Hot shots Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi compared: The Tottenham striker scores more goals but the Inter Milan hit man is the more efficient forward
- Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi carry the flag for old-fashioned centre forward play
- Kane has scored more goals in the last three years, but Icardi is more efficient
- Sportsmail examines the stats of two of the football world’s best strikers
In an age when the traditional No 9 is becoming somewhat obselete, Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi continue to carry the flag for old-fashioned centre forward play.
Two of the best goal scorers on the planet, one of them will be waving goodbye to the Champions League after Christmas, with only one of Tottenham or Inter Milan able to progress from Group B.
Over the past three seasons, the careers of both attackers have skyrocketed, with both becoming talismanic for their clubs – indispensable focal points of attack.
Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi continue to carry the flag for old-fashioned centre forward play
Since August 2015, Kane is well ahead in the statistic that matters most – goals scored, with 115 hitting the back of the net compared to Icardi’s 81.
However to dig a little deeper shows how impressive Icardi’s record is – he has had less than half the number of touches than Kane, 2,831 compared to 5,782.
This shows how their style of play differs – Kane is more willing to drop deep to collect the ball, while Icardi’s domain is firmly within the opposition box.
This illustrates why the Argentine has far fewer shots on average within 90 minutes than the England captain – 2.88 per game, compared to 4.5.
Kane has scored more goals in the last three years, but Icardi is more efficient say the stats
Kane though is far from an inefficient finisher, as is borne out in their successful strikes to games ratio – 0.82 for Kane, 0.71 for Icardi.
Both players favour their right foot, although the stats indicate Kane is more comfortable shooting on either side.
He has scored 98 goals with his feet since August 2015, 68 of them on his right and 30 on his left. Icardi meanwhile has scored 55 on his right and just 12 via his left peg.
Both are similarly adept with their heading, Kane narrowly edging that metric, while both also enjoy strong records from the penalty spot.
In reality, both are extremely adept strikers, and the Champions League will be a poorer competition for which ever one has to drop out after the group stage.
|All comps since August 2015||Harry Kane||Mauro Icardi|
|Shots total (inc. blocks)||633||329|
|Shots on Target||292||139|
|Shot Conversion Rate (inc. blocks)||18.17||24.62|
|Goals (inside box)||103||79|
|Goals (outside box)||12||2|
|Per 90 minutes|
|Shots total (inc. blocks)||4.5||2.88|
|Shots on Target||2.08||1.21|