'I hope 2018 is even better' - Harry Kane
26 December 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
All eyes were on Harry Kane and he delivered in knockout style in our Boxing Day cracker against Southampton.
The striker’s eighth hat-trick of 2017 led us to a 5-2 win and took him beyond Alan Shearer’s record of Premier League goals in a calendar year with 39 to Shearer’s 36. It also took him beyond Lionel Messi in terms of most goals in 2017 for club and country across Europe’s top leagues and from a Spurs point of view, took him beyond Robbie Keane and into our all-time top 10 goalscorers on 123. Teddy Sheringham is next in his sights on 124.
Still only 24, Harry has 24 goals in all competitions this season and is back on top of the Premier League chart on 18 as he chases a third-successive Golden Boot.
“A lot of the build-up was about Alan Shearer's record and if I could break it but I was calm, I was confident and when you have players like Christian Eriksen putting in crosses like that (for the first goal) as a striker, it’s a dream,” said Harry.
“It’s amazing. Keano...I grew up watching him play and scoring goals. Teddy the same. To be up there with those names is something I’m very proud of and you know what I’m like - I want to continue it and hope 2018 is even better.”
Below: Harry slots home a lovely team move for 2-0
Most importantly, two hat-tricks in three days each side of Christmas Day has made it four wins in our last five games in the Premier League as we hit our stride with 2018 approaching.
Dele Alli and Heung-Min joined Harry on the scoresheet as we were irresistible at times, particularly going 4-0 up inside the hour mark.
“We were on it right from the start, similar to Burnley,” said Harry. “It was important to finish the year strongly and we've done that so hopefully 2018 will be even better.
“We’ve got to keep improving, keep getting better and wins like this will always help us. We’ll go into another busy period full of confidence.”
We kick-off 2018 with back-to-back Premier League matches - a trip to Swansea on Tuesday 2 January before West Ham at Wembley on Thursday 4 January.