Tottenham Hotspur have come a long way as a club in recent seasons under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino.
The team has largely stayed intact and has produced top-quality football consistently. However, the Lilywhites still have their fair share of detractors as they have still not been able to win any silverware in recent years.
Star striker Harry Kane knows more about overcoming doubters that most. Even after he had broken into the Spurs first team and kept scoring goals on a regular basis, some people still insisted that he was a ‘one-season wonder’.
However, the forward kept working hard on his game and now is universally recognised as one of the best front-men in the world, having won both the Premier League golden boot and also scooping the award at the 2016 World Cup.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Tottenham striker said he believed the club can win the Premier League title next season.
The 25-year-old bullishly dismissed the doubters and insisted that the players need to use it as extra motivation, just like he has done through his career.
Kane said: “We’ve got to use [our doubters] as motivation. Of course people will look at Man City and Liverpool after the seasons they had to go and do that again but as we know in the Premier League it’s not always that easy.
“You’ve seen over the years the winners’ points [total] has been different and it varies from year-to-year. We’ve got to believe and use it as motivation that people don’t believe in us.
“That’s what I’ve done on a personal note my whole career. You have to use that to your advantage. As a team that’s what we’ve got to try to do.
“City have done that now for two years. Every team at this stage is trying to build, get better, have big aspirations for the season.
When asked about the race for the golden boot, Kane insisted that while he would like to win it, winning a trophy with Tottenham has always been a much bigger priority for him.
He added: “It’s the same every year. Everyone talks at the start of the season about the Golden Boot and it’s a bonus as a striker to win it. My goal is to win the Premier League, the FA Cup, a trophy for Spurs.
“Of course, if you’re the striker and you’re doing that, it means you’re going to be up there for the Golden Boot as well. It means you’re playing well.
“It’s a mixed feeling, especially for me. I’ve won it but I’ve not won a team trophy and as I always tell you guys that’s my goal, that’s my aim, that’s what I really want to achieve.
“So there’s always a bittersweet feeling in achieving something you’d like but the bigger trophies have not come your way. I’d like to win both of course. That’s my dream.”
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It is important to bear in mind that this summer is the first real extended period of rest that Kane has had in 4 or 5 seasons. He certainly looks extremely fit and raring to go in his preseason outings. If he stays injury-free, the Spurs No.10 will once again be the favourite for the golden boot.
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