Carragher: Pochettino team talk for Tottenham league finale will all be about one man
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Carragher has claimed in the Mail that Mauricio Pochettino’s team talk for Tottenham’s Premier League finale against Hull on Sunday will centre on helping Harry Kane secure the Golden Boot.
Kane leapfrogged to the top of the Premier League scoring charts following his memorable four-goal salvo in Spurs’ 6-1 demolition of Leicester on Thursday night.
It took the Spurs striker’s tally for the campaign to 26 from just 29 league matches, two more than his closest rival Romelu Lukaku, who has 24 from 36 games in the competition.
Alexis Sanchez, who will be on the opposing side to Lukaku when Everton travel to Arsenal on Saturday, is still in with a chance of winning the coveted award after taking his haul to 23 in midweek.
High-profile pundit Carragher is convinced that Pochettino and the Spurs squad will be keen to ensure Kane ends the season top of the pile.
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“Lukaku will have had sleepless nights since Kane’s masterclass at the King Power Stadium. At one stage, it seemed as if Lukaku had the award sewn up,” Carragher wrote in his weekly Mail column.
“I’m pretty sure the team talks Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman give at Hull and Arsenal on Sunday will have an emphasis on the Golden Boot and the message to the other players will be: if we can, let’s get this prize for our man.
“Kane had eight attempts at goal against Leicester and I’d expect he will have a similar number at the KCOM Stadium. It will be difficult for Lukaku to match that but he will be just as single-minded.
“This trophy matters enormously to strikers. If you look back through the record books, you will see many forwards who won this prize on a number of occasions, but never had the same success in terms of winning cups for their team.”
Kane, 23, has had a third consecutive season of prolific scoring as his reputation as one of Europe’s elite strikers continues to soar.
He has scored 32 goals in 37 matches in all competitions this season, and has now netted a remarkable 96 times from 164 Spurs matches.