Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton: Preview and predictions

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley. | AP

Kane's goals at Turf Moor also took his Premier League calendar year tally to 36, equalling Alan Shearer's record from 1995."He is awesome, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game".

All of the talk ahead of the clash was surrounding Kane and being on the cusp of history with the striker just goal behind Alan Shearer for the most Premier League goals in a calender year, it started well for Spurs as Eriksen was inches away from giving his side the lead only denied by the offside flag but the inevitable goal from Kane arrived 22 minutes in.

Alan Shearer managed 36 Premier League goals for Blackburn in 1995.

He had equalled the 36-goal tally while scoring a hat-trick in Spurs' 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday. "Just going into this game, I thought I can get a couple and then there's Southampton to play".

But it would be doing the Londoner a disservice by reducing him to simply a goal machine, there are more facets to his game, with Kane being more of a '9½' or in other words part-creator, part-finisher. "But for me, he can still improve in his game".

Kane was not done and doubled his haul and Southampton's misery before half-time, moving on to 55 goals for club and county this year - one more than Lionel Messi. "I feel sharp, I feel at my best". "I'm getting more experience".

"I said to the lads before the game to try and set me up and they all did that so I'll have to take them out to dinner or something".

His 56 goals is an astonishing feat when you consider the last players to outscore both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - who have shared the past 10 Ballon d'Or awards - in a calendar year were Edin Dzeko (44 goals) and David Villa (42 goals) in 2009. "That's what I always have done throughout my career and it is what I will continue to do", Kane said.

"It doesn't surprise us because every day we see how he works, his determination, how professional he is, and that can only be good for him".

Earlier this year Kane became only the fifth individual since the competition's inception in 1992 to register back-to-back hat-tricks alongside Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney.

"But I am so pleased to finish in this way the year and looking forward now for the next year".

Tottenham have now won five out of their last six matches while Southampton are winless in seven and there were some sarcastic chants from the visiting fans here that will not have been lost on under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino.



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