Harry Kane continues to show he has to be regarded as one of the best strikers in the world
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Scoring record of the Tottenham Hotspur forward in 2017 is better than both Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero
There appears no end to Harry Kane’s remarkable talents after the forward struck his first hat-trick in the Champions League on Tuesday to help Spurs defeat APOEL Nicosia 3-0.
Stats were popping up left, right and centre after the match ended in Cyprus and all of them just reiterated the class and ability of the Tottenham Hotspur forward.
Kane, after only two European games this season, is top of the standings with five goals and he now has seven efforts in his last five Champions League games.
Dig deeper and it makes even better reading with this his sixth hat-trick of 2017 and he now has 108 goals in 173 appearances for the club.
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In this year, Kane is finding the net more regularly than Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero and is level with Robert Lewandowski on 34, although he’s reached that mark two games quicker than the Pole.
The numbers make stunning reading for a man who was sent on four loan spells before finally breaking into the Spurs first-team during the 2014/15 campaign.
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A number of pundits have said Kane needs to move on if he is to be considered world class, but there can surely be no debate. He is in that bracket now.
Tuesday’s treble was the ninth time the 24-year-old has gone home with the match ball for Spurs, but the first time he had scored a ‘perfect hat-trick’.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for the way his substitutions helped change the game in Cyprus with Fernando Llorente’s introduction key.
Before the Spaniard came on, Spurs were in a real battle despite Kane opening the scoring in the 39th minute when he was played in by Toby Alderweireld and he fired home with his left foot.
Llorente came on 12 minutes after half time and it allowed his strike partner to drop deeper, which resulted in his last two goals.
For Kane’s second, Moussa Sissoko cut the ball back for the forward in space on the edge of the area because Llorente had dragged the APOEL defenders with him to the penalty spot.
The England striker duly dispatched with his right foot just five minutes after Pochettino had introduced the former Swansea City ace.
And then for Kane’s third, he ran into the area late to head in a Kieran Trippier cross where as normally, he would already be in there.
It was a great night for the Spurs forward and it looks like he will only get better, which will of course help Tottenham.
The biggest clubs in the world will be monitoring his progress, but it does appear he’s happy and content with the north Londoners.
You suspect Kane’s wages will increase significantly when Spurs move into their new home and assuming the team continues to progress, he won’t have a reason to leave.
It is obvious he wants to win trophies, but given his self-belief, he will back himself to be the man to bring the glory days back to Tottenham Hotspur and in the process win the silverware his talent deserves.