Four-goal Kane helps Spurs punish Leicester

Claudine Rigal
Mai 20, 2017

Kane's quadruple saw him usurp Everton striker Romelu Lukaku at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts to put him on 26 for the season, and Pochettino is backing him to claim the Golden Boot for the second consecutive season.

Harry Kane staked his claim to finish as the Premier League's top scorer with a scintillating four-goal blast in Tottenham's 6-1 demolition of Leicester on Thursday.

"It is about being more competitive next season".

"Maybe we will sell the players that we want to sell".

"We will keep the players that we want to keep", he said. We are building a very exciting project and there is no reason for players like Harry to leave.

With 25 minutes gone, Spurs finally went in front through Kane, who netted his 23rd Premier League goal of the campaign after being picked out by Son, who bided his time before picking out the run of his teammate. That race had seemed set for a thrilling final-day shootout between Kane, Lukaku, and Alexis Sanchez, and it could still happen, but Kane will face Hull City on Sunday while Lukaku and Sanchez face off against each other, so he's in the driving seat.

Tottenham moved to 83 points on the season, two more than Leicester's title-winning total a year ago.

Tottenham was rampant as it sealed a 13th win in its last 16 games in all competitions, having already cemented second place.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, who oversaw Tottenham's record away Premier League win, pulled no punches in declaring the esteem in which he holds Kane.

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy almost conjured up a move reminiscent of last season's title-winning campaign, with Vardy peeling off his man, only to fire his shot straight into the arms of Hugo Lloris.

The scoring did not stop there for the visitors.

Leicester was on the back foot instantly when Son shot over before Jamie Vardy fired straight at Lloris.

As early as the fifth minute, Kane nearly played in Son who was only denied by a Ben Chilwell intervention and although the Foxes responded with a Jamie Vardy strike which was held by Hugo Lloris and a deflected volley from Daniel Amartey, they were outplayed for the remainder of the first half. With Fuchs trailing behind, Son teed up Kane to sweep in from six yards.

The Englishman may at times get overshadowed by the more mercurial talents of Dele Alli, the genius of Christian Eriksen, and the all-around play of Son, but he is undoubtedly a brilliant player in his own right, and he comes up with decisive moments.

The visitors dominated the first forty-five minutes, knocking the ball around the King Power Stadium easily due to a lack of pressure from the Leicester side.

Despite replays showing he was marginally offside, Vardy was allowed to sprint onto a through ball, prompting Lloris to rashly race well outside his area in a failed attempt to clear.

Tottenham: Lloris 6, Dier 7, Alderweireld 8, Vertonghen 7, Davies 7, Wanyama 7, Dembele 7, Sissoko 6, Alli 8, Son 9, Kane 10.

It left Shakespeare unsure whether the humbling defeat would affect his chances of staying in the role for next season as Claudio Ranieri's permanent successor in charge of Leicester.

Ben Chilwell scored his first senior goal on his 29th club career app (21 for Leicester, eight for Huddersfield).

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