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Analysing Harry Kane’s incredible goal-scoring performance for Tottenham against Leicester City

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Tottenham may have little to play for, but they delivered a first-class performance at the King Power Stadium to convincingly beat Leicester City. The match finished 6-1 to the visitors, but it could have been more on another day. It was one of the most complete team performances of the season and they will be entering the summer with lots of momentum as they continue to push forward as a club. The only talking point ahead of this match was the possibility of Harry Kane winning the golden boot and he has now moved above Romelu Lukaku after a superb display of finishing.

The England international was on 22 goals before the match kicked off on Thursday and he wasn’t given much of a chance as he chased down the Everton striker. However, he delivered an incredible performance and scored four goals during the game against the Foxes. It was clear that he was thinking about the golden boot, as he attempted ten shots at against the Foxes. He was selfish at times, but it is difficult to complain about that as he found the net on four occasions.

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His fourth goal was the pick of the bunch as he collected the ball on the edge of the area and lashed home past Kasper Schmeichel. It was an expert finish and underlined the finishing ability that he possesses. All of his goals showed his impressive movement and it was clear from the first whistle that he was up for the game against Leicester City. He worked hard in attack and ran the channels for his team, but whenever there was a sniff of a chance, he would make sure he was in the right position. The first goal reflected that as he busted his gut to get into the area and offer an option to Son Heung-min who had managed to get in behind the back four.

In addition to his four goals, Kane was credited with the assist for Son’s second goal, as he had passed the ball to him in the build-up. Although the striker will admit that the South Korean’s goal was a result of excellent individual skill rather than the pass. He wasn’t as involved in possession as he normally is and opted to play a more advanced role in the search for goals. That said, he did impact the game when he was given the ball in the final third as he completed two key passes during the match.

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Kane was direct this evening and willing to run at defenders with the ball. It is a side to his game that we haven’t seen a lot of in recent weeks, but he can be extremely effective, as displayed by his four successful dribbles on Thursday night. He was in the right mood tonight and took no mercy on the Leicester defence. That is the mentality that English players have lacked in recent times, but the 23-year-old is a different breed and beginning to establish himself as one of the best strikers in Europe.

Going into the last day, Kane leads Lukaku by two goals in the race for the golden boot and it hard to see him being displaced with only one match left to play. There is a greater chance of the England international adding to his tally of 26 Premier League goals. It is early days in his career, but there is a growing possibility that Kane could potentially break Alan Shearer’s record and become the league’s all-time leading goalscorer. If he continues to be as ruthless as he was at the KP Stadium, that will become more and more likely as the years tick by.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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