Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

Dec 27, 2017, 00:44
Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

Harry Kane rounded off a sensational 2017 by scoring a record number of Premier League goals and hat-tricks in a calendar year, as well as toppling Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Europe as a rampant Tottenham thrashed Southampton 5-2.

"He deserves everything. It's been nine years between [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and now Kane's name is there".

"For me, he's world class". Even during my time at Spurs I'm surprised by him. Well done. It's not surprising to us because every day we see how he works, the determination, how professional he is and how he takes care of himself.

"Professional is a massive word - you need to include everything there inside and he is a good example of that". Dusan Tadic added a late consolation late on but this Boxing Day bonanza was all about one man again.

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Kane headed in Christian Eriksen's free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League's previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.

Asked whether he could go on to beat Shearer's career record of 260 EPL goals, the Argentinian noted the consistency the former Newcastle and Blackburn striker showed throughout his career but said Kane had the quality to produce something similar.

"It is always about improving every year".

Tottenham provide a entirely different challenge however, with Southampton fans knowing full well how Mauricio Pochettino likes to set up his side.

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Shearer praised the man who now fills his old role as England's main striker at global level by tweeting: "You've had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane". Scoring goals for fun.

"It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level", Kane said. "I'm very proud of it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long, they're two of the world's greatest players ever", Kane told Sky Sports.

"[I will be] working harder, doing more, doing more in training".

"This year, physically, [I've focused on] recovery per game with such a busy schedule and making sure I'm ready".

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Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino, who left star defender Virgil van Dijk out of his squad for the second successive match, faced chants of, "You're getting sacked in the morning" from sections of the sold-out away end during the match. They offer more pace and penetration than Trippier and Ben Davies and if Mauricio Pochettino can get them both fully fit and firing, Spurs will begin to resemble the team that was so hard to stop a year ago.