By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Kane has admitted that rival striker Jamie Vardy is setting the standard in the Premier League.
Kane’s solo stroll through the Southampton defence on Saturday was his 10th goal in his last 10 Tottenham appearances, and he has now scored 30 goals for club and country in the calendar year.
But the Spurs spearhead remains six strikes behind Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, who has scored 15 in the English top slight this season.
“Jamie has been doing great, full credit to him,” admitted Kane to the media after Spurs’ 2-0 win over Southampton. “All the other strikers have been trying to keep up with him. He has set the standard high for us.
“There’s a long way to go. As a striker you have to keep working hard and trying to improve. I’m slowly sneaking up the goal tally.
“It’s been a fantastic year, I’ve loved every minute of it. But it doesn’t stop me working hard, I’m looking to next year now to be even better.”
Kane is level with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud on nine Premier League goals, behind Vardy (15), his Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez (14) and Watford’s Odion Ighalo (12).
Spurs will spend Christmas in fourth place in the Premier League as they prepare for what is expected to be a genuine challenge for a top-four finish.
Kane hopes that the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle was a one-off blip rather than a signal of Spurs’ famed inconsistency.
“We have a very big opportunity to get back into the Champions League,” the striker said. “A lot of teams are getting unexpected results. We have to keep our heads down and keep working hard.
“There’s a long way to go. But we’re full of confidence. We had a disappointing result last week but we’ve come straight back with a good three away points.
“Now it’s about winning over the Christmas period and really pushing up that league.”