Wednesday 18 October 2017

Davies tips Kane for Golden Boot

Tottenham star Harry Kane
Tottenham star Harry Kane

Ian Baker

Ben Davies is well-placed to predict who will win the battle between Harry Kane and Ashley Williams at White Hart Lane today. The Tottenham defender grew up playing with Williams, now of Everton, while at Swansea City, and featured alongside the 32-year-old as Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Davies has offered a warning to his former team-mate that he expects Kane to continue his extraordinary form and follow on from hat-tricks against Fulham and Stoke City and win this particular duel.

"They are both top players," said the left-back, who is filling in for the injured Danny Rose. "I've played with Ash for years now and he is a top, top defender - for him his first job is defending, not playing out of defence or anything else, none of the 'nonsense', as he would call it.

"It is going to be a tough game for Harry but I can see him doing it against any defender in the game so Ash will be up for a tough game.

"Harry is a massive player for us. His mindset is purely scoring goals, which you don't see too much of in the game now. You have to be selfish to score goals to be a top striker. For us as a team it is great to have someone like him."

Kane, who has been nominated for February's Premier League Player of the Month, has 22 goals in all competitions and was joint leading league scorer with 17 before this weekend alongside Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku of Everton, who is also likely to feature at White Hart Lane.

"That selfishness to score goals and help the team is invaluable to us," said Davies of the England striker, who is fit despite picking up a knock against Stoke. "I don't see why he won't win the Golden Boot. He's got the drive and the determination."

Tottenham have a burning desire to make up for last season's poor finish and ensure at least second place. "Last season was a bit of a blow, but this year we don't want to make those same mistakes again," said Davies. "If we can narrow the gap maybe some pressure can build. [Chelsea] might slip up, and when they do we have to take advantage."

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