Pochettino says Kane committed to Tottenham’s cause
LEICESTER players we want to keep,” Pochettino said.
“We are so calm about our key players. They are happy here, we have an exciting project.”
Kane’s fifth Premier League hattrick in just over two years took him to 32 goals in all competitions this season, four more than he managed last term and one more than the 31 he bagged in the 2014-15 season.
The 23-year-old would surely have scored more than 40 if he hadn’t missed two chunks of this season with ankle injuries, and Pochettino spoke glowingly about Kane’s appetite for success.
“We feel so proud of Harry, to score four goals was fantastic,” Pochettino said.
“He was injured twice this season but he is so fresh now and he is trying to score a lot of goals to finish at the top.
“Harry’s a special player, he loves Tottenham. He means a lot for the team.
“I tell you always that he’s one of the best strikers in the world. His performances show that we are right.”
Kane can wrap up the golden boot by getting on the scoresheet again in Tottenham’s final game at Hull tomorrow and he is already hungry for more after his first professional four-goal haul.
“There has been a bit of build-up on the race for the golden boot and I wanted at least one or two to put the pressure on but to get four is amazing,” Kane said.
“I’m now sitting at the top, but we go in with the same mentality, to make sure we win first and foremost and then score as many as I can.”
Second placed Tottenham’s total of 83 points is a tally that would have been enough to win the title on eight previous occasions.
goals scored by Harry Kane so far this season more than he managed last season But unfortunately for the north Londoners, who have won 11 of their last 12 league games, champions Chelsea have been even more consistent.
After collapsing in the final furlong last season, Tottenham have largely handled the pressures of the title race better this time.
And Pochettino hopes the experience will stand them in good stead next term, when they have to play their home games at Wembley while White Hart Lane is rebuilt.
“We were talking about last season when we finished so bad. We spoke a lot about changing that feeling and finishing in the best way,” he said.
“We wanted to improve this season and this type of performance showed we have learned a lot.
“It’s always important to finish in a better mood, especially when we move to Wembley next season.”
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare faces talks with the club’s Thai owners next week to decide if he will remain in charge and this thrashing was hardly the ideal way to sell his credentials.
“We’ve come up against a quality side but the disappointing thing is I didn’t see enough desire to defend as a team,” he said.
“I have to take some responsibility for that after changing the formation. if you get beat 6-1, there’s no positives.” AFP
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante won the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year Award on Thursday.