Tottenham striker Harry Kane has admitted that finishing below Arsenal would be a hard pill to swallow, yet the England striker seemed desperate to sabotage his clubs prospects in favour of personal glory on Sunday.
“Finishing third would be hard to stomach, to finish above Arsenal would be a very good thing.
“It is not something I think we focus on at the start of the season but now we are here, it would be good.”
Spurs have taken just two points from a possible nine, with their latest home defeat at the hands of Southampton marking the end of a devastatingly disappointing week for Tottenham – Leicester finally lifted the Premier League title after a tense run in.
Finishing below North-London rivals Arsenal would be catastrophic for Spurs, yet Kane appears to be targeting personal glory ahead of his sides’ league ambitions and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
All the talk by everyone about Kane and the golden boot has gone to his head. Unbelievably greedy today and cost us badly.
— Rich (@richierabs) May 8, 2016
That goal was coming. Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot causing Spurs to lose points. He has 20 minutes to make it up.
— Habibullah Khan (@HuK_6) May 8, 2016
Harry Kane is a greedy player. I know he wants the golden boot but Spurs could be 3-1 up if he had passed. Shocking
— Adam Taylor (@AdamAnaxis) May 8, 2016
Ahead of Spurs’ game with Southampton, Kane led the Premier League goalscoring charts by a single goal from Leicester compatriot Jamie Vardy, with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero one strike further back but with an extra game to play.
Kane squandered a number of chances that could’ve turned the tide of the game – tunnel-visioning on the goal where a pass to a teammate would’ve created a clearer opportunity:
When previously asked about the golden boot, Kane remarked:
“It’s something I’d be really proud of winning — it’s what strikers always want.
“So my attention is focused on scoring more goals in the next two games — and, hopefully, we finish runners-up too.”
Kane’s ambition to win the golden boot is understandable, but his greed in front of goal certainly jeopardised Tottenham’s chances at the weekend:
In this position, Kane surely has to put the ball on a plate for his teammate, Erik Lamela. The England striker has just one assist this season compared to Jamie Vardy’s six.
Kane is still the favourite to win the golden boot for the season, with many expecting him to add to his tally in Tottenham’s final game of the season at Newcastle. However, if Tottenham somehow concede second place to bitter rivals Arsenal because Kane was too greedy in front of goal, his personal accolade won’t win him any affection amongst Spurs fans.