Golden Boot win­ner tar­gets 100 goals by end of next sea­son

New Straits Times - - Sport -


It was the third year in a row that Kane had passed 20 league goals, adding 29 to to­tals of 25 and 21 in pre­vi­ous cam­paigns but at a much bet­ter rate.

Two an­kle in­juries this sea­son left him un­avail­able for a to­tal of al­most 11 weeks.

The 23-year-old was in such dev­as­tat­ing form this week that he might even have fan­cied reach­ing 30 for the first time but man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino sub­sti­tuted him with 11 min­utes to play, say­ing the striker was look­ing tired.

“We kept him safe and healthy and ready,” the man­ager said. “He can do that (score 30). His will to im­prove and learn is the most im­por­tant thing in a player. Al­ready he’s one of the best strik­ers in the world.”

Kane, aware that he has an im­por­tant Eng­land game to come on June 10 away to Scot­land in the World Cup qual­i­fiers, did not ap­pear to re­sent his early de­par­ture.

“It’s mas­sive to win the Golden Boot again,” he said. “I said to re­tain it would be spe­cial with the in­juries I’ve had but to score 29 goals in 30 games is some­thing I feel proud of.

“Fin­ish­ing the sea­son with seven goals in two games is per­fect.”

Former Tot­ten­ham man­ager David Pleat, now work­ing as a BBC pun­dit, said Kane was a good am­bas­sador who had demon­strated that he was a team player.

“I was wor­ried he would be­come self­ish look­ing for this Golden Boot but he hasn’t,” Pleat said.

Two late goals while Kane was off the pitch even en­abled Spurs to pip cham­pi­ons and Lon­don neigh­bours Chelsea as the sea­son’s top scor­ers, by 86 goals to 85.

The chal­lenge next sea­son for Kane and his team­mates is to prove they can be as ef­fec­tive in a new tem­po­rary home at Wem­b­ley as they have been at White Hart Lane, which is be­ing de­mol­ished and re­placed af­ter 118 years. Reuters


Tot­ten­ham’s Harry Kane (front) scores against Hull City at the KC Sta­dium on Sun­day.

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