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Bundesliga: Harry Kane on the fast-track to ending trophy wait

Despite achieving iconic status, Harry Kane could never quite manage to guide Tottenham to a trophy but the England skipper appears hell-bent on ending that wait for silverware at Bayern Munich.

Kane swapped north London for Bavaria in August and, despite his Bayern debut coming in a 3-0 German Super Cup defeat, he has impressed so far for his new club.

Kane scored a hat-trick and assisted twice as Bayern extended their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season by thrashing VfL Bochum 7-0 on Saturday.

He is now the first player on record to be directly involved in 10 goals in the first five Bundesliga appearances and is available at 8/1 to break Robert Lewandowski's record of 41 goals in a Bundesliga campaign at the first attempt.

bet365's Steve Freeth said: "Gerd Muller’s record stood for a long time before Robert Lewandowski bettered it on the final day of the 20/21 season, but there’s a new sharpshooter in town and despite it being a new country for Harry Kane he continues to find the back of the net with alarming regularity."

Bayern, meanwhile, are 1/5 to win the German title once more this season, with Kane's wait for a medal set to come to an end.

Also, after scoring in the 4-3 win over Manchester United that launched his Champions League career for his new club in midweek, Bayrn are 5/1 to be kings of Europe this season, with Kane priced at 3/1 to be Top Goalscorer in the Champions League.

Kane settling fast in new surroundings

Bayern were very keen to bring the England captain in this summer and, in the end, it was a move that suited all parties.

Kane, Spurs' record scorer with 280 goals in 435 appearances, felt the time had come for a new challenge and Spurs collected £100million for a player who would have been out of contract next summer.

With new manager Ange Postecoglou admitting he'd spent his first months in the job essentially planning for Kane's departure, the unrest at Tottenham was minimal and the club have made a fantastic start to the season.

Meanwhile, nobody other than Kane - who now has seven - has scored more than five times in their first five Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich.

On Saturday, he was in the right place at the right time to smash home a loose ball in the Bochum box in the first half before converting a penalty after the break. In the 88th minute, he turned home a pass from Noussair Mazraoui to complete his first hat-trick as a Bayern player.

In between his goals, Kane delivered precise passes to set up Leroy Sane and teenager Mathys Tel for their strikes - the perfect illustration of a forward who is anything but a one-trick pony.

Bayern leading the way

Thomas Tuchel's Bayern now have four wins and one draw after their opening five games and top the table with 13 points - just one clear of the likes of Stuttgart, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim.

Saturday's treble was Kane's first domestic league hat-trick since December 2017, when he scored consecutive hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton.

Kane and co go to Leipzig next weekend, where Bayern are 1/1 to avenge last month's Super Cup loss with a victory.

The England captain has become the first player in history to score six or more goals in their first five Bundesliga matches and is clearly in superb form for his new employers. 

Quirky Bundesliga definition unlikely to bother Kane

The German top-flight actually defines a hat-trick as three consecutive goals in a game, which Kane's treble in the Bochum rout was not.

That is not likely to deter the 30-year-old forward and he did break a Bayern Munich record, as he has now outscored any other player in his first five games for the club.

The previous record was five goals scored in five games, set 59 years ago by legendary forward Gerd Muller. Two other players, Miroslav Klose and Mario Mandzukic, have matched that tally, but Kane has now written his first chapter in Bayern's history books.

Despite the bizarre German definition of a hat-trick, Kane was clearly celebrating it as such. He posted a picture of the signed match ball after the game, adding: "A new one for the collection!"

Earlier this week, Tuchel suggested that it was a 'big thing' for the club to take 'the skipper of England out of England'.

It's a decision that is being handsomely rewarded already for both Bayern and for Kane.

He is seemingly on a fast-track to getting his hands on major silverware for the first time and, who knows, there may well be more records broken on the journey.

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