Mauricio Pochettino Challenges Golden Boot Winner to Break 30 Goal Barrier

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Harry Kane to score 30 league goals next season after scoring his 5th hat-trick of the season against relegated Hull.

The England striker followed up his four-goal haul in Thursday night’s 6-1 thrashing of fallen champions Leicester with three more to seal the Premier League golden boot for a second successive season as Pochettino’s side ran riot again. Kane struck twice in the first 13 minutes and completed his hat-trick midway through the second period. He has now scored 8 goals in the last 7 days and 73 in his last 91 league outings. Pochettino said:

“It’s fantastic for him, all his team-mates, all the club and the fans are so happy about that.”

“He deserves it. Congratulations for him. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”

Kane was prevented from scoring a fourth goal when subbed on the 79th minute mark for Dutch Summer signing Vincent Janssen. The Argentine went on to explain how he wants Kane to be at the very peak of his fitness over the pre-season, as to prepare him for a new challenge next season. He said:

“It was a moment to take responsibility and a good decision and I prefer that next season he challenges again, to score 30 goals.”

“But today we kept him safe and healthy and ready. He can do that. He’s still improving and learning.”

“His will to improve and learn is the most important thing in a player. Already he’s one of the best strikers in the world.”

“It’s difficult to say who is the best, but he’s one of the best sure, already.”

Despite amassing 86 points, Spurs have finished in second place this season, 7 points behind Chelsea. Pochettino revealed that he feels 86 points would usually would be enough to see your side crowned champions. However, he did say that his side are only getting better and better. He added:

“We will see what happens next season because our dream is to win the Premier League.”

“Our aim is to try and fight every season. After two very consistent seasons, why not next season?”

“I’m so focused now on next season, to try and make the best decisions to try and improve the team, that is our objective now.”

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