Eric Dier: Tottenham ace would be top of the pile if not for this
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham’s Eric Dier believes that his team-mate Harry Kane would be miles clear in the Premier League’s golden boot race if he had not suffered an injury this season.
The 23-year-old is currently competing for the individual accolade for the division’s top scorer and is tied with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, plus Everton’s Romelu Lukaku on 17 goals.
The England international won the award last season for his 25 league strikers and is vying for a consecutive golden boot award.
Robin van Persie was the last player to win back-to-back golden boots, when he achieved that between 2011-13 during spells with Arsenal and Manchester United.
Kane suffered an ankle injury back in September and was forced to miss five matches in the Premier League.
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Dier feels that the Spurs striker would be clear of his rivals for goal scored if he had avoided the injury setback.
“There is no doubt he (Kane) would now be out on his own at the top of the charts if he hadn’t missed six weeks with injury earlier in the season,” Dier said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
Kane reiterated his form this season by scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Stoke at the weekend.
The forward continues to be the talisman in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and it was his third hat-trick of the season across all competitions.
He will be hoping to fire Spurs to a place inside the top four and help them in the FA Cup, where they will face League One side Millwall in the quarter-finals.
Kane will surely have one eye on the golden boot crown, but faces stiff competition for the award.
In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness claims Spurs must improve one crucial area if they are to become the real deal.