Kane: 'I've got to give big thanks to the team'
22 May 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
You could choose so many words to describe another goal-den campaign for Harry Kane but after labelling his team-mates ‘a dream’ to play with, he told us what he was most proud of as he cradled the Premier League’s Golden Boot again.
Harry went into Sunday’s game two goals ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and put the Golden Boot issue beyond doubt inside 15 minutes with a quickfire double at Hull’s KCOM Stadium.
The striker chalked up Premier League goals 27 and 28 as we dominated Hull from the first whistle. Number 29 arrived in the second half to make it 5-1 as further strikes from Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld registered our biggest ever away league win.
Harry ended with 35 goals in all competitions and 29 in the league – the Club’s best individual figures since Clive Allen’s wonder season 30 years ago, when he scored 49 in all competitions, 33 in the league.
There were so many milestones for Harry – we’ll put them all together in another story soon – but he’s the first Spur to retain the Golden Boot in the Premier League era and only the fifth player in Premier League history to do so.
He also notched his fifth hat-trick of the season – only the third Spur to achieve that feat, with the previous three all in the 1930s. His four hat-tricks in the Premier League have only been toppled by Alan Shearer’s five in 1996-97.
And let’s not forget, his eight goals this week have taken him to 99 for the Club – there are only 16 players in our ‘100 Club’, players to have scored over 100 goals for Spurs.
“It's been incredible, to score eight goals in the final week of a Premier League season is a special feeling, to win this and finish on 29 goals in 30 games (29 starts) is something I'm very proud of,” said Harry, smiling ear to ear.
“I've had a couple of setbacks this season with injuries but they've only made me stronger.
“I've got to give big thanks to the team, they create so many chances and I've just got to make sure I'm in the positions to put them away.
“Sonny, Dele, Christian, the boys at the back and Hugo, the midfield securing everything up and Trips (Kieran Trippier) and Ben putting in the deliveries, it's a dream to play for this team. Without them, I wouldn't be holding this award.”
So what made Harry proud? The Academy graduate who has now topped the Premier League goalscoring chart in successive seasons?
“It just shows consistency,” he said, typically understated. “I've always said anyone can be a good striker but to be a great striker you have to do it on a consistent level and to win this back-to-back in such a difficult league with so many top strikers, and to have been out injured as well, that shows determination and shows how good this team is as well. It's something I'm very proud of – hopefully I can go and get it next season as well.”