Harry Kane may miss PFA awards ceremony as Spurs focus on West Brom clash
Harry Kane is unsure whether he will be able to attend Sunday’s PFA awards ceremony, with Tottenham facing West Bromwich Albion the following night.
The Spurs striker has been shortlisted for two gongs – the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize and the Young Player of the Year award, which he won last year.
The winners will be announced at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening – 24 hours before Tottenham continue their title challenge with a home game against West Brom – and Kane admits he might be spending the night at home.
“I’m not sure if I will be able to make it, with the game on Monday,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve got to look at the bigger picture and Monday is more important for us as a team.
“I haven’t spoken to the gaffer about it but I’ll see what he wants me to do and we’ll go from there.”
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Dele Alli, who is one of Kane’s rivals for the Young Player award, is in the same situation as Tottenham prepare to host Tony Pulis’ Albion.
But Toby Alderweireld, whose presence has helped to give Tottenham the best defensive record in the league, has been overlooked for individual recognition – which has irritated a number of Spurs fans
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“He has been phenomenal for us this season,” said Kane. “He’s really been a great player and he’s a great guy. I’m a little bit surprised he isn’t on there [the shortlist for the Player of the Year award].
“I think he has been fantastic and everyone has seen that. Maybe defenders don’t always get the recognition like the other players get. He’s a great lad and he will keep on doing what he’s doing for us.”
Kane struck twice as Tottenham thumped Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Monday, taking advantage of Leicester’s 2-2 draw against West Ham on Sunday and moving five points behind the leaders.
“Going away to Stoke is always a tough game - especially on a Monday night, people seem to say - but we’ve won 4-0,” said Kane. “I don’t think the performance could have been much better. We limited them to few chances and we could have had six on another day, so overall it was a fantastic night for us.
“The lads have been itching to play. Watching all the football over the weekend and having to wait until Monday night to play, it gets you ready, gets you firing.
“Watching the games on Sunday, it was a chance for us to gain some points and we’ve gone out there and shown what we’re capable of.
“All we can do is keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to win all our games - we want to win all four of them and then we’ll go from there.
“Leicester have got some tough games coming up, but they’re in the driving seat. Whether they win, lose or draw, we have to win and we’ve done that this time, and in a very good manner. With more performances like that, I’m sure we’ll push them all the way.
“West Brom is no easy game. They’re going to come and try and make it hard for us, but if we play like we did [against Stoke], I’m sure we’ll have no trouble.”
Kane’s brace at the Britannia Stadium meant he edged ahead of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot, moving two clear of his fellow England international after hitting his 23rd and 24th top-flight goals of the campaign.
“It’s all about the win, but obviously I want to score as many goals as I can and to score another two is a great feeling,” he said.
“I’ve got 24 for the season - that puts the pressure on the other strikers, but there are still plenty of games to go. I’m hoping to get a few more between now and the end of the season and see where I end up.”
Vardy’s hopes of catching Kane have been damaged by his dismissal against West Ham, and his one-match ban is likely to be extended after he was charged with improper conduct for his angry reaction.
“It’s hard for me to talk about,” said Kane. “The referee has made a decision and whatever way he’s reacted, he’s reacted. It’s down to the FA and whatever they chose to do. It’s not really my decision.”
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