Sunday 20 August 2017

Hat-trick hero Harry secures Golden Boot as Spurs rout Hull

Hull City 1 Tottenham 7

Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans after the match. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith
Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans after the match. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith

Luke Edwards

There is no longer a debate, no point arguing. Resistance is futile. There is not a better centre-forward in the Premier League than Harry Kane. There might not be a better one anywhere soon.

A series of subdued performances for England at the European Championship, and a slow start to the season with Spurs, was enough for his talent to be a topic that was at least open for discussion.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (right) and Hull City's Andrea Ranocchia battle for the ball. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (right) and Hull City's Andrea Ranocchia battle for the ball. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

There was a suspicion that Kane might have been found out. There was a nagging fear he could not score when the pressure is on.

Those doubts have not been eased, they have been erased. Nobody has scored more in the last two years than Kane. This hat-trick against woeful Hull - his fifth of the campaign - making it 35 in 39 appearances this season.

Kane is the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot two years in a row since Michael Owen 18 years ago. On his current trajectory, the 23-year-old will surely threaten Alan Shearer's Premier League record of 260

So much depends on his fitness, of course. Indeed, had Spurs not lost him to injury this season, most notably during a run of just one win in 10 back in the autumn, they might have been champions.

Tottenham's Harry Kane shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell
Tottenham's Harry Kane shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell

"He is already one of the best strikers in the world and he will get better," said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Having scored four against Leicester City last week in a 6-1 romp, Kane scored two in the space of 13 minutes against Hull in the first-half and completed his hat-trick in the second.

The first came when Josh Tymon lost the ball deep inside his own half, allowing Christian Eriksen to slip the ball into the feet of Kane on the edge of the area. With minimum back-lift, Kane smashed a low shot beyond David Marshall.

Spurs had another three minutes later. Eric Dier won the ball in midfield, spotted the run of Kieran Trippier and delivered a diagonal pass for him to gather in his stride. Kane did not even have to move, as he calmly slotted home a cutback.

Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with Hull City's Jarrod Bowen. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell
Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with Hull City's Jarrod Bowen. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell

The visitors added a third before half-time through Dele Alli, teed up by Son Heung-min.

Hull pulled a goal back through Sam Clucas after an hour, but Spurs scored their fourth almost immediately as the unmarked Victor Wanyama headed in at the far post and Kane completed his hat-trick as Hull's defence disappeared and left him with only Marshall to beat.

Spurs secured their second successive heavy away win in style as Ben Davies smashed in a spectacular effort to make it six before Toby Alderweireld side-footed home Trippier's cross. © Daily Telegraph, London.

Tottenham's Victor Wanyama in action with Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell
Tottenham's Victor Wanyama in action with Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye. Photo: Reuters / Scott Heppell

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