Harry's pride as he receives the Golden Boot
18 May 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane raised a smile again as he officially received the Golden Boot after the completion of the Premier League season last night.
The striker topped the league's goalscoring chart with 25 goals, one clear of City's Sergio Aguero and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.
Questions were being asked when Harry, 31 goals in all competitions last term, kicked-off 2015-16 with one goal in his first nine in the Premier League.
But he responded superbly to post the highest goals total for a Spurs player in the Premier League - toppling his own 21-goal mark, shared by Gareth Bale and Teddy Sheringham - and only the second to win the Premier League's Golden Boot following Teddy's 22 (21 for us, one for Forest) in 1992-93.
Indeed, his 25 represented the highest league total since Gary Lineker's 28 in 1991-92 and he became the first Spur since Martin Chivers (1970-72) to score 20 goals back-to-back in a league campaign.
Harry was in no mood to celebrate after our devastating loss at Newcastle on Sunday, where his post-match interview with Spurs TV painted the picture of disappointment in the dressing room.
But as he prepares to join four Spurs team-mates in the England squad for pre-Euro 2016 friendlies, he can be right proud of his goalscoring achievements.
How does it feel now that you’ve had time to reflect?
Harry: "As a striker there aren’t many individual awards you can win and this one shows you’ve had a good season throughout the whole campaign, that you’ve been a consistent performer. I’m really happy to have won it, especially in only my second full season in the Premier League. To finish second in the scoring charts last year and follow that up by winning it this year is something I’m very proud of."
There were some people doubting you could repeat last year’s exploits, so what better way to answer that?
Harry: "Absolutely. Even early on this season when I hadn’t scored for a few games I was getting some criticism, so to then go on and win the Golden Boot shows I’ve had a great season. It’s very pleasing for me to be able to answer those critics, but anyway I just concentrate on my own game, I know what I’m capable of and I’ve kept my confidence throughout. I have to give a big thanks to the team, the staff and everyone at the club because without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve personal accolades like this."
You’ll be the first to congratulate your team-mates for supplying you with the ammunition to score the goals?
Harry: "Yes, definitely, and they’ve let me know that as well! Obviously a lot of thanks goes to them because I wouldn’t be scoring goals if they weren’t creating chances for me. We train day in, day out to achieve goals like this and they’ve been a big part of this award."
You are the first Spur since Teddy to win the Golden Boot. How does that feel?
Harry: "Yes, exactly, which is amazing. And it’s even been 16 years since an English player won the award in Kevin Phillips, so it shows I’m doing something right. Like I said, I’m honoured to win it and hopefully this is the first of many."