Harry Kane scored his 26th Premier League goal of the season in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Tuesday, but can he catch Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot?
Kane remains four goals behind Salah, who became only the eighth player in Premier League history to hit the 30-goal mark with his strike in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
But Kane, who has won the prize in each of the last two seasons with 25 goals and 29 goals respectively, has told Sky Sports he will not give it up without a fight.
Since returning from an ankle injury earlier this month, the 24-year-old has been retrospectively awarded Tottenham’s second goal against Stoke and now added another against Brighton.
He will be hoping for a repeat of last season, when he overhauled Romelu Lukaku with an extraordinary seven-goal haul in Tottenham’s final two games of the campaign against Leicester and Hull.
This time he has four games to do it, and he can take some encouragement from how Tottenham’s fixture list compares to Liverpool’s.
Remaining Premier League fixtures
Tottenham: Watford (h), West Brom (a), Newcastle (h), Leicester (h)
Liverpool: West Brom (a), Stoke (h), Chelsea (a), Brighton (h)
While Liverpool have an even spilt of home and away games, including a potentially tricky trip to Chelsea, Tottenham have three home games out of four, with their only away game coming against bottom side West Brom.
Salah has scored in eight of his last nine Premier League appearances and there is no doubt that he is capable of continuing that run, but at home to Watford, Newcastle and Leicester – three mid-table sides with little left to play for – Kane will be confident of closing the gap.
Harry Kane tells Sky Sports about his desire to win the Golden Boot
Cup commitments could also work in Kane’s favour. Tottenham face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, but Liverpool have a heavier fixture load due to their Champions League involvement.
Could Jurgen Klopp be tempted to rest Salah in the Premier League in order to keep him fresh for Liverpool’s two-legged semi-final with Roma? Kane will certainly hope so.
What do they say?
Kane: “I still believe I can. Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go. I’ve got to focus on my game. I can’t control what he does. Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season.”
Salah: “I cannot lie – it is in my mind. But you can see with the team, everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me. I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Aguero. It’s like that but, in the end, we play as a team.”
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