Shay of light
12 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Shayon Harrison stepped into Spurs dreamland with a hat-trick at White Hart Lane on Monday night.
The young striker scored his first treble for the Under-21s in a fine 3-1 win over title-chasing Sunderland in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
He's in good company. Erik Lamela was last to bag a trio under the lights against Monaco and Harry Kane before that against Leicester City and Asteras Tripolis last season.
Indeed, the last player to claim the matchball for the Under-21s was a certain Mr Kane against Manchester City on August 10, 2014.
"It feels amazing, my first hat-trick for the Under-21s which is a huge positive for me personally and I'm just delighted to help the team to three points," said Shayon.
"We put in a great performance. We had to dig in against Sunderland, a good side and I thought we all played our part and without that, we wouldn't have got the win. It was a fantastic performance.
"We defended set-pieces well, we were strong, compact and dealt with it all."
Shayon's goals were a bit of everything - a tap-in, a leaping header and clinical, one-touch finish - dare we say, Harry Kane-like - to secure the points.
"It was a real mixture and I'm especially pleased with the header, I haven't score many so it's good to see the work paying off," he added.
"The goal right at the end was just instinct. I'm really happy."
Under-21 coach Ugo Ehiogu was full of praise. "We’ve spoken a lot with Shayon and about the areas we want to see him improve.
"He can still get in the box more, we’re talking to him about scoring centre-forward’s goals and he showed glimpses of that.
"We know he has quality and it’s about improving the basics. We talk about ‘brilliant basics’ and in Shay’s case, it’s holding the ball up, flick-ons and getting into the box to score headers. He did all that."