Is Harry Kane the best forward in the world right now?

Tottenham's Dele Alli was lucky not to be given his marching orders for a second week in a row

Tottenham's Dele Alli was lucky not to be given his marching orders for a second week in a row

"What I most admire about Harry Kane is how brilliant his basic game is".

Tottenham striker Harry Kane broke a Premier League record with a hat-trick in Tuesday's Tottenham Hotspur's 5-2 win over Southampton.

It caps off a year in which 24-year-old Kane has not only captained England for the first time, but Tottenham topped their Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid.

Having finished top of the pile in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Kane, who has scored 93 Premier League goals overall, now jointly leads the scoring charts halfway through 2017/18 - his 15 tie him with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. "A lot can happen in football", he added.

"It was a hard place to come, not many teams win here, we wanted to put that right and that puts us back up to fifth, let's see what happens on Boxing Day".

"But for now I'm concentrating on each game".

His manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he cannot only reach that goal but has the capacity to get even better in the coming years.

Their tally of 84 points in 2017 is already a top-flight club record within a single calendar year. "Probably, it's always in the back of my mind", Kane said. Those are contributions that might not contribute to any records, but make him a vital Spurs player nonetheless.

"We will do whatever is necessary to try to win the game", Mauricio Pochettino said eventually, probably wondering why anyone would think of withdrawing a striker who is performing so consistently.

Spurs icon Gary Lineker and Newcastle United legend Shearer were quick to praise compatriot Kane for his goalscoring antics in 2017, with the latter former striker holding no resentment for having his record broken.

Alli was under the spotlight following his reckless tackle on Kevin De Bruyne in the recent defeat at Manchester City and, in only the fourth minute at Turf Moor he was booked after lunging in on Charlie Taylor.

Kane notched his 37th goal in the first-half of Spurs' Saint Stephen's Day clash with Southampton at Wembley Stadium.

"He's a great person and he's a great player", Kane said.

Leo who? Never heard of him... I thought the penalty was definitely a penalty.

In recent weeks, Rose has returned to full fitness and had a fine game against Southampton going forward.

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