Kitchee beware: How many can Spurs’ Hong Kong-bound golden boot hotshot Harry Kane bag in friendly?
Hong Kong fans will be hoping the England star brings the kind of form that saw him score eight goals in one week
Tottenham Hotspur sharpshooter Harry Kane scored eight goals in a week to land the English Premier League’s golden boot award and Hong Kong fans will be hoping he brings that kind of form to So Kon Po on Friday.
The 23-year-old England international is named in the Spurs squad to travel to Hong Kong to play local champions Kitchee in a post-season friendly. He is joined by fellow England players Dele Alli, Eric Dier and other stars who helped the club finish second to Chelsea in the league.
Kane scored two goals in his team’s 7-1 away victory over relegated Hull City in their final game of the season. He ended up with 35 goals for the season in all competitions, with 29 in the league, to beat out the challenges of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
“It’s been incredible, to score eight goals in the final week of a Premier League season is a special feeling, to win this and finish on 29 goals in 30 games [29 starts] is something I’m very proud of,” Kane told Spurs’ official website.
“I’ve had a couple of setbacks this season with injuries but they’ve only made me stronger. I’ve got to give big thanks to the team, they create so many chances and I’ve just got to make sure I’m in the positions to put them away.
“Sonny, Dele, Christian, the boys at the back and Hugo, the midfield securing everything up and Trips [Kieran Trippier] and Ben putting in the deliveries, it’s a dream to play for this team. Without them, I wouldn’t be holding this award.”
The match at the Hong Kong Stadium has come under criticism because it is being played after a gruelling season for the Spurs players, whose vacations are being delayed to travel halfway around the world for a friendly match.
Still, the north London club, who bade an emotional farewell to their 118-year-old White Hart Lane ground before it is bulldozed and rebuilt, have included their star players in the squad travelling to Hong Kong.
Kane’s goalscoring feat over the past season is the club’s best individual figures since Clive Allen hit 49 in all competitions, 33 in the league, 30 years ago.
He’s the first Spurs player to retain the golden boot in the Premier League era and only the fifth player in Premier League history to do so.
He also scored five hat-tricks – the first Spurs player since the 1930s to do so – and his four hat-tricks in the Premier League is bettered only by Alan Shearer’s five in 1996-97.
In addition, he took his career tally with Spurs to 99 goals.
“It just shows consistency,” he said. “I’ve always said anyone can be a good striker but to be a great striker you have to do it on a consistent level and to win this back-to-back in such a difficult league with so many top strikers, and to have been out injured as well, that shows determination and shows how good this team is as well.
“It’s something I’m very proud of – hopefully I can go and get it next season as well.”
Tottenham Hotspur squad to play in Hong Kong
Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, Luke Amos, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Vincent Janssen, Harry Kane, Filip Lesniak, Hugo Lloris, Pau López, Will Miller, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-min, Kazaiah Sterling, Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker, Victor Wanyama, Kevin Wimmer.