Harry Kane's August Curse: Is It a Myth or Fact?
2014/15 - Harry Kane Goals: 0 (2)
Tottenham Record: 4 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss
Whilst Harry Kane had played for Tottenham in the 2013/14 season, his real breakout year as a regular first teamer came under Mauricio Pochettino in 2014/15. Tottenham's league started off with wins against West Ham (0-1) and QPR (4-0), before slipping to a disappointing home defeat to Liverpool (0-3).
Kane, still relatively unproven in the league at this point, failed to start in any of these games.
The Englishman however was able to start in both of Tottenham's Europa League qualifying games against Cypriot side AEL in August 2014. Kane netted once in both home and away fixtures as Tottenham secured their place in the group stages of the competition.
2015/16 - Harry Kane Goals: 0 (0)
Tottenham Record: 0 Wins, 3 Draws, 1 Loss
Whilst Harry Kane might have finished the season with 25 goals in the league, and 28 in all competitions, it was clear that August was not a happy hunting ground for the English striker.
Beginning their season with a tough 1-0 loss to Manchester United, Pochettino's second season in North London continued with draws at home to Stoke City (2-2) and Everton (0-0), with a 1-1 draw away to eventual champions Leicester (1-1) nestled in between. Nacer Chadli and fellow England internationals Dele Alli and Eric Dier were able to find the net in these games for Spurs.
Despite finding himself as the lone striker and star man of the side, it's clear that Kane's blanks in the early part of the season played a big part in Tottenham slumping to 15th in the table by the time September rolled around.
2016/17 - Harry Kane Goals: 0 (0)
Tottenham Record: 1 Win, 2 Draws, 0 Losses
Easily Spurs' most successful season in the Premier League, Harry Kane would notch up a mind-blowing 29 league goals and 35 in all competitions during the course of the 2016/17 season. With the likes of Son, Eriksen and Alli linking up brilliantly behind him and the rocks of Alderwiereld, Vertonghen, Walker and Rose in the defence, it was a Spurs side that was more than good enough to compete at the top of the table.
Once again however, August was a series of games in which Harry Kane drew a blank. Spurs would register a home win against Crystal Palace (1-0) and two draws against Everton (1-1) and Liverpool (1-1) in what was a reasonably good start for the North London outfit.
2017/18 - Harry Kane Goals: 0 (0)
Tottenham Record: 1 Win, 1 Draw, 1 Loss
Harry Kane would hit 30 league goals for the first time in his career during the course of the 2017/18 season and would knock in 41 in all competitions during the year, but it was also another year of failing to hit the net during August for the Englishman.
Fans and pundits were seriously starting to consider the existence of an 'August curse' on the Englishman by now as Spurs started off their season with an away win against Newcastle (0-2), a home loss to Chelsea (1-2) and a home draw to lowly Burnley (1-1).
On top of Kane's 'August curse', Spurs would also struggle to adapt to their temporary home at Wembley over the course of the season, dropping from a solid second position, to third.
2018/19 - Harry Kane Goals: 2 (0)
Tottenham Record: 3 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses
A perfect record for Spurs in the opening three matches of the 2018/19 Premier League season, winning away at Newcastle (1-2), away at Manchester United (0-3) and at home to Fulham (3-1).
For the first time since 2014, Harry Kane found himself on the scoresheet for Tottenham during August, netting against Fulham and Manchester United.
The 18/19 season saw Kane frustratingly run into injury problems however, dropping from 29 and 30 league goals in 2017 and 2018, to just 17 at the end of 2019. Whilst Tottenham did reach the Champions League final, they continued to slump in league positions, racking up a monstrous 13 losses across the season and finishing 4th, one point ahead of North London rivals Arsenal.
2019/20: Harry Kane Goals: 2 (0)
Tottenham Record: 1 Win, 1 Draw, 1 Loss
Tottenham began the 2019/20 season with a nervy home win against newly promoted Aston Villa (3-1), relying on Harry Kane's two late goals to seal the victory. For the second season running, it looked like there would be no August curse for Kane to contend with.
However, Tottenham's performance was not the most convincing in that match, and they continued to take that into their next two matches. Despite it looking like a good result, an away draw against Manchester City (2-2) was merely papering over the cracks a home loss to Newcastle (0-1) would later expose.
Is Kane's August Curse Real?
Harry Kane is undeniably one of the most clinical and deadly strikers found anywhere in the world. His record between the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons was the best of any striker in European, outside of the super-humans that are Messi and Ronaldo of course, and he has proven to be the cornerstone of Spurs' successes in recent times.
However, four league goals in the previous six seasons is the not kind of return you would expect from one of the world's best. The good thing for Spurs fans and Kane himself is that these four goals have come in the past two seasons, meaning that the 'Harry Kane August curse' could be becoming a thing of the past...