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Premier League Golden Boot winner

Tottenham Hotspur may have failed to hit the heights of last season but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still in contention for a European spot. Star striker Harry Kane missed a large chunk of the season after suffering an ankle injury against Sunderland earlier in the campaign but the England star has found his feet in front of goal since returning to the fray.

Kane has now scored seven goals in nine appearances for Spurs since the beginning of November and the North London side will need the 23-year-old to be at his brilliant best if they are to clinch a top four finish. On current form, it would be difficult to envision Pochettino’s men missing out on Europe’s elite club competition.

Kane now ranks alongside the likes of Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero as one of the best strikers in the Premier League. The 2015/16 Golden Boot winner will be up against it in his bid to retain his individual accolades – but he can certainly help Spurs to secure Champions League football for a second successive year.

Summer signing Vincent Janssen has been very disappointing since arriving from AZ Alkmaar and Kane has once again had to cope with the pressure of carrying this Tottenham side’s attacking threat. While he has received support from Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min, Kane remains Spurs’ main port of call in attack.

It is incredible to think that Kane, at the age of just 23, has been Tottenham’s main man for the most part of the last five years. The youngster recently signed a contract extension that will see him stay at White Hart Lane until 2022. A number of Premier League rivals – including closest top four competitors Manchester United – have shown interest in Kane’s signature but they will now be forced out of the market.

The Spurs star will now feature prominently for the next few years and Kane will be targeting Alan Shearer’s all-time top flight goals record of 260. With 56 goals in just 98 appearances, Kane could blossom into a modern great if he maintains his current scoring rate. After all, he has netted 53 goals in 84 games since the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign and he easily has another seven or eight years at the top level.

At the time of writing, Spurs are well priced to finish in the Champions League places considering their current standing. If Kane is able to continue to inspire confidence at the forefront of Tottenham’s attack, they stand a great chance of securing a top four spot at the very least – and a first finish above Arsenal in the Premier League era could follow.

If nothing else, one thing’s for sure: Spurs have a special talent on their hands in Kane and they will certainly secure silverware in the not-so-distant future. The England star is central to Tottenham’s aspirations and Pochettino knows just how talented the 23-year-old is. Watch this space – Kane looks set to dominate the Premier League in the second half of the campaign and a second successive season in the Champions League could be on the cards.

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