Friday 24 November 2017

Hot-shot Kane sets sights on Gunners after wrecking Baggies

West Brom 0 Tottenham 3

Harry Kane scores Tottenham's third goal from the penalty spot
Harry Kane scores Tottenham's third goal from the penalty spot
Harry Kane celebrates scoring Tottenham's third goal
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen scores a free kick past West Brom's Ben Foster for the opening goal of the match
Hugo Lloris makes a save from West Brom's Saido Berahino
Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs and Tony Pulis the manager of West Brom greet each other prior to kickoff

John Percy

Harry KANE is setting his sights on Arsenal after admitting that his goal return this season has already shattered his own expectations.

Kane has emerged as the spearhead for Tottenham Hotspur's challenge to secure a Champions League place and he will face Arsenal next Saturday as his club's leading scorer.

The hot-shot 21-year-old was not even figuring in Mauricio Pochettino's first-team plans at the start of the season, but is now being challenged to score 30 goals by his head coach after another stunning performance at the Hawthorns.

Kane's rapid progress is certain to be rewarded with a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on March 27.

It is pinch-yourself territory for Kane, who is having to reassess his targets for the season with each passing month.

The immediate focus is the visit of Arsenal, however, as Spurs look to enhance their hopes of a top-four finish.

"It's probably the biggest game of the season so far - playing Arsenal at home," Kane said.

"It's big for the fans, the players, the club - everyone who is involved. We have a week now to rest so we are really looking forward to it.

"I've now got 20 goals overall this season and I'm feeling confident on the pitch.

"I set myself 10 at the start and then 20 after that. I'm there now. I will set myself another little target that I will try to get to - and do it as quickly as possible, hopefully.

"There is still a long way to go, plenty of games to play, we just need to keep focused on that. We are still in a lot of competitions. Come the end of the season, we will see where we are."

This was another statement of intent from Spurs as they wrecked Tony Pulis' unbeaten record at West Brom within the opening 15 minutes.

Christian Eriksen's excellent free-kick and a sublime individual effort from Kane put Spurs in control before Hugo Lloris was forced to show why he is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

The Frenchman saved brilliantly from James Morrison and Claudio Yacob to kill off a brief Albion response and show why Spurs face a fight to keep him this summer.

A 64th-minute Kane penalty sealed Albion's defeat and Pulis is now preparing for a frantic final day of the transfer window. Pulis wants at least two signings, including a striker. Joleon Lescott is hoping the manager recruits a left-back after admitting his disappointment at being played out of position. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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