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Saido Berahino might be even better than Harry Kane

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Harry Kane has 56 goals in 101 club appearances. Saido Berahino has 43 goals in 83 club appearances.

Berahino has a better cup record, Kane has a better league record. They're both 22 years old and have both played and scored for England at Under-21 level and the seniors.

At the UEFA Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic, Berahino scored 10 goals in 10 appearances. Kane scored six goals in 11 appearances.

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Both have been out on loan to various clubs and have worked very hard to impress.

Berahino at Peterborough, Brentford and Northampton, and Kane at Leicester, Norwich, Millwall and Leyton Orient. 

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They both have very good records and are both very promising players. Proof of this is the interest from "big" Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur during this summer's transfer window.

But why does Harry Kane get all the plaudits in the press, and Berahino (with the exception of some of his questionable off-field antics) get largely forgotten about?

Perhaps that was the reason why Berahino kicked up a fuss about not being allowed to move to Tottenham, so that someone would talk about him. Because he deserves it, and in my personal opinion, I think he is a more impressive player than Kane.

It's easier for Harry Kane

Harry Kane has players around him such as Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, creating chances for him and setting him up.

The list of players that Berahino has to play with include Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Stephane Sessegnon and Callum McManaman. I know who I would rather work with.

Therefore making it all the more impressive that Berahino's goal-scoring record more or less equals Harry Kane's. 

Now, I understand that Kane can't help who is around him, and it's hardly his fault that he plays for Spurs and we can't hold it against him. All I'm saying is that I find it more impressive that Berahino has scored as many goals as he has than Kane.

But then again, perhaps because of the status of Spurs, and the fact that he had to compete in the Europa League last season, perhaps he has had to play against more difficult teams than Berahino?

And therefore the defence opposing him has been stronger? Despite the fact that Berahino had a better record for the England Under-21's, Kane has had more of a chance in the senior national side. I wonder if Berahino had the starts that Kane has, perhaps he would have done just as well.

Both of them are very important to their club sides, Berahino can learn from Rondon, and Kane can continue to receive great goalscoring opportunities from assist specialists playing with him.

But which of them will end up with a better record by the end of the season? They have currently scored one goal each in a stuttering start to both of their seasons. The race is on.

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