Liverpool’s Mo Salah has head start in Premier League golden boot race, but we’ll see what happens warns Spurs forward Harry Kane
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The Tottenham Hotspur forward completed a remarkable recovery from ankle ligament damage by coming off the bench at Chelsea on Sunday
Harry Kane acknowledged the fact Liverpool rival Mo Salah has a head start in the race for the Premier League golden boot, but the Spurs forward is still determined to try and catch the Egyptian.
The England forward picked up an ankle injury during the 4-1 win at AFC Bournemouth on March 10 and surprisingly made a speedy recovery to make the bench on Sunday.
Kane, who also suffered ankle ligament damage this time last year, came on as a substitute at Stamford Bridge and showed no ill effects and now wants to catch Salah, who has 29 league goals, despite trailing him by five with only seven fixtures left.
“He’s obviously got a bit of a head start now, so we’ll see what happens,” said the Tottenham Hotspur striker.
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“I can’t control what he does, so I’ve just got to make sure I prepare well for the games and just be ready.”
The 24-year-old went on to praise the exploits of Salah, who is being tipped for the PFA Player of the Year award, after enjoying a sensational campaign since signing for Liverpool from AS Roma.
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Kane did point out when he returned from the same injury last season he was behind both Romelu Lukaku, then of Everton, and Alexis Sanchez, then of Arsenal, in the race for the golden boot and pipped them to it with seven goals in his last two league games.
He added: “Salah has done fantastic, he’s a great, great player and it is a competition.
“I had the same last year and for me, I’ve got to focus on my own game and my own team, and we’ll see what happens come the end of the season.
“It’s just about being positive. I’m delighted to be back out there and win here at Stamford Bridge, and hopefully I can just have a strong finish.”
Kane had a rare role at the weekend as he was part of the substitutes and he showed his delight when Dele Alli made it 2-1 to Spurs at Chelsea.
The forward added: “I’m a passionate player, whether I’m on the pitch or on the substitutes bench.
“I’m a team player. We haven’t won at Chelsea in a while, and I’ve been a part of that, so it was nice to change that history. It was a real exciting game.”
He continued: “Obviously everyone knows we haven’t won here in a long, long time and I thought we deserved to win.
“We played well, especially second half, and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s great for the fans to come away from this stadium with a win, and for me personally it’s great to be back out there.”
Additional reporting by Ben Pearce.