Harry Kane is licking his lips at the prospect of getting back into action following the Christmas festivities with three tricky fixtures on the horizon.
First up is a trip to face a Southampton side now managed by Claude Puel on Wednesday night (December 28) before we go to Watford on New Year’s Day – almost a year ago to the day that we snatched a late 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to Heung-Min Son’s close-range flick.
And it doesn’t end there. On Wednesday, January 4, we welcome league leaders Chelsea to White Hart Lane for what is sure to be another rip-roaring London derby.
That game will also evoke happy memories for Harry, who made his first big impact on the Premier League stage with two goals and a blistering all-round performance in the equivalent fixture at the Lane on New Year’s Day, 2015.
Here’s how Harry assesses our forthcoming fixtures…
What are your thoughts going into the away double-header against Southampton and Watford?
Harry Kane: “They’re going to be tough games. Obviously playing away from home in the Premier League is always difficult. Southampton are a great side, they’ve proved that over the last few years and obviously with Watford – we found it difficult there last year, even though we scored in the last minute. Vicarage Road is a difficult place to go so we’ve got to be fully focused, but we’re going out there to win both games and that’ll take us to the half-way mark in the season. If we do manage to win both games we’ll be on 39 points – that wouldn’t be a bad start and we know we’ve got another gear in the locker as well.”
Do you think the 5-3 home win over Chelsea at the start of 2015 represented your first big moment at the top level?
Harry: “Yes, I think so. I’d been playing for a couple of months before that and scored a few goals against maybe some of the smaller teams in the league but people were asking that question of whether I could do it against the other teams at the top of the table. It was a couple of years ago now but what an occasion, what a game! Winning 5-3 to begin with, scoring a couple of goals and getting a couple of assists – it was just a special match for me and I’ve kicked on from there really.”
People still talk about that game now…
Harry: “It showed a lot of people how we can play when we’re on form and it gave us a big boost knowing we could play that well against a team that went on to be champions. That gave us a lot of confidence going forward but this is a new year, a new game so we’ll have to be focused and hopefully try to produce a similar result. Before that, though, we’ve got two tough away games and we’re fully focused on them for the time being.”
Catch up on parts one and two of 'Kane at Christmas' ahead of our return to action on Wednesday night.