Alan McInally (Scotland)
It’s a classic tale of what could have been, had the fates proven kinder. But if nothing else, the Scot made his first season at Bayern (1989/90) count in a massive way. All ten of his league goals for the Bavarian club came during a campaign that ended with a fifth Bundesliga title in six years. And while a ten-goal haul sounds like little to celebrate, it also included three braces.
Much like Kane, McInally was clearly unstoppable on his day and chose his moments to be unplayable. But the good times wouldn’t last, with a knee injury blighting his final three years at Bayern. A late goal as a substitute against CSKA Sofia in November 1990 would be the very last goal of a career that proved very anticlimactic after his impressive debut year with Bayern.
McInally left in 1993 at the age of 30 for Kilmarnock, before retiring a year later. Thirty is, of course, the very age a still-at-peak Kane will be when the 2023/24 season kicks off. This makes for another difficult comparison to Kane.
That said, the center-forward role McInally occupied is very in keeping with modern tactics, and England’s top all-time scorer is no stranger to forging partnerships (especially with Son Heung-Min) that make him a decent provider as well as a solid striker.