Harry Kane’s brilliant start to the season for Tottenham has seen the forward set new records in terms of goal involvements, with no player having been directly involved in more goals at this stage of a Premier League season.
Kane has scored seven goals and provided a league-leading eight assists to take his tally to 15 for the campaign after just eight fixtures, though the England captain still has some way to go to match the most productive seasons in Premier League history.
Here are the five players with the most goal involvements in a Premier League campaign:
Mohamed Salah – 42 (2017/18)
Liverpool‘s transformation under Jurgen Klopp was accelerated following the signing of Mohamed Salah three years ago, with the Egyptian international producing one of the most remarkable debut seasons in Premier League history.
Salah had struggled during a previous spell in the Premier League with Chelsea but soon removed any doubts over his quality with an an outstanding first season on Merseyside, scoring on his debut before setting a whole host of goalscoring records.
The winger’s list of personal records included scoring the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season (32), alongside most teams scored against in a single campaign (17) and the most individual games scored in (24).
He finished the season with the Premier League’s Golden Boot, whilst his 10 assists for the campaign were bettered by just four players across the division, his performances deservedly recognised with a PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year double.
Luis Suarez – 43 (2013/14)
Another scintillating individual season from a Liverpool forward saw Luis Suarez register a phenomenal 43 goal involvements during the 2013/14 season, scoring 31 goals and providing 12 assists to fire Brendan Rodgers’ side to a runners-up finish.
Having missed the first five games of the season through suspension, Suarez’s haul incredibly came in just 33 league appearances, returning with a brace at Sunderland before embarking on his prolific campaign, scoring three hat-tricks for the season including a stunning four-goal destruction of Norwich at Anfield.
The Uruguayan was the undoubted star of an exciting side as he dovetailed superbly with Daniel Sturridge in attack, the ‘SAS’ strike partnership finishing as the two leading scorers in the Premier League after scoring a combined 52 goals.
Suarez was named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in addition to winning the division’s Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe, in what proved to be the final season of a memorable three-and-a-half-year spell at Liverpool before signing for Barcelona.
Thierry Henry – 44 (2002/03)
Thierry Henry’s peak during the early noughties saw the forward thrive as the star turn of a formidable Arsenal side, with his sensational 2002/03 season amongst the greatest individual campaigns in the league’s history.
Henry was a different style of player to many of his contemporaries of that era, a player who did much of his best work outside of the penalty area, drifting out to the left and devastating Premier League defences with his pace and ruthless finishing ability.
He was named as the PFA Player of the Year after a season in which he became the first – and so far only – player to register 20+ goals and assists in a single season, his record of 20 assists the joint-highest ever registered in a single Premier League campaign.
Only one man has scored 20+ goals and provided 20+ assists in a single Premier League season:
🔴 24 goals
🔴 20 assists
That man is Thierry Henry. pic.twitter.com/Pyw4ltb0VM
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 17, 2018
Henry’s 44 goal involvements are the most ever recorded in a 38-game season and came in the midst of his brilliant best, winning four Golden Boots in just five seasons and becoming the only first player to win successive PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year doubles.
Alan Shearer – 45 (1993/94)
Blackburn Rovers were the surprise threat to Manchester United’s early dominance of the Premier League era, the Lancashire side building a title-winning side backed by the millions of owner Jack Walker.
The club’s pursuit of success was largely fired by the prolific feats of Alan Shearer in attack, the forward signed in a record deal before the Premier League’s inaugural campaign and later becoming the division’s greatest ever goalscorer.
Shearer’s four-year spell at Blackburn delivered a staggering 112 goals in 138 league appearances, the highlight a 34-goal season to crown Kenny Dalglish’s side as Premier League champions in 1994/95.
Shearer’s haul of 34 goals remains a joint-record for a Premier League season and was accompanied by 11 assists as he starred in partnership with Chris Sutton, leading Blackburn to a first top-flight league title in more than eight decades.
Andy Cole – 47 (1993/94)
The record holder for most goal involvements in a Premier League season, Andy Cole’s stunning 1993/94 season remains vastly underrated amidst the archives of great individual campaigns.
Cole had fired Newcastle to promotion after signing from Bristol City during the previous season and wasted little time in announcing himself in the top flight, scoring a record 34 league goals as Kevin Keegan’s side secured an impressive third-placed finish.
A sensational season saw Cole become the first player in Premier League history to lead the division for both goals and assists in a single season, an achievement since matched by only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Cole’s 34 goals and 13 assists saw him named as the winner of the PFA Young Player of the Year in addition to claiming the Premier League’s Golden Boot, a similarly impressive start to the following season leading to a British transfer-record move to Old Trafford.
He won five league titles and the Champions League amongst his honours with the Red Devils and remains the third-highest scoring player in Premier League history on 187 goals.