So­cial me­dia de­bate won’t dent Kane’s Golden Boot bid - Alli

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Dele Alli is back­ing Tot­ten­ham team­mate Harry Kane to ig­nore the so­cial me­dia de­bate that sur­rounded his goal against Stoke City and hunt down Mo­hamed Salah in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Chris­tian Erik­sen was orig­i­nally awarded the goal in the 2-1 beat­ing of the Pot­ters this month, but Kane was adamant he had got a touch on the Dane’s free-kick.

A sub­se­quent ap­peal ruled in favour of Kane and left the Eng­land striker on 25 league goals for the sea­son, which is five be­hind Liver­pool for­ward Salah, who added to his tally in the Reds’ 3-0 vic­tory over Bournemouth on Satur­day.

Kane’s ap­peal has led to plenty of japes on so­cial me­dia, but Alli thinks Kane – who beat Romelu Lukaku to the prize last sea­son – may have the last laugh.

“I wouldn’t put it past him to beat Salah to the Golden Boot,” he told re­porters.

“He fin­ished last sea­son re­ally strongly and ended up get­ting there ahead of Romelu Lukaku.

“He is an un­be­liev­able player and he is a great per­son as well. If it was me and I touched the ball, I would try to claim it as well.

“I don’t know how he is go­ing to take it [the so­cial me­dia jokes], but I think it gives some peo­ple a chance to put him down.

“He’s a striker and ev­ery striker wants goals, so he has just got to ig­nore the crit­i­cism and fo­cus on him­self which I am sure he will do.”

Spurs saw a 14-match un­beaten league run ended in a 3-1 loss at the hands of champions Manch­ester City on Satur­day, with their last top-flight loss also com­ing against the Cit­i­zens in De­cem­ber.

But Alli says there is no time for Spurs to dwell on the de­feat.

“We have got to pick our­selves up and try and fin­ish [the sea­son] off,” he added.

“City are a great side and if you are go­ing to start slowly against a team like that then they are go­ing to pun­ish you. We have got to pick our­selves up and go again.”

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