Alan Shearer, the Premier League's all-time top scorer, saw one of his records tumble on Tuesday as Harry Kane notched his 37th and 38th goals of 2017 in the Premier League against Southampton and the former Newcastle United legend was quick to congratulate the Tottenham Hotspur striker.
Kane headed in Christian Eriksen's freekick in the 22nd minute to overtake Shearer's 36 goals in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers, a tally he had equalled by scoring three times in Spurs' 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday. Kane rounds off the year with 39 Premier League goals and 56 strikes in all competitions for Spurs and England.
Kane had scored three league goals and was a relative unknown when Pochettino was appointed Spurs manager in May 2014 but he has now scored 96 in the top flight and one more will take him level with Teddy Sheringham as the club's all-time leading Premier League scorer. "I wanted to win the game but of course I wanted to score as a striker".
"People are going to talk and in football there's always someone criticising you, so it's about how you cope with that and I think he's doing well". To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game. We have such a busy schedule but I feel sharp and I feel at my best.
"It makes him play better".
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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. The last nine or 10 years it's been Cristiano Ronaldo (the best in the world) and today it's Harry Kane. They offer more pace and penetration than Trippier and Ben Davies and if Mauricio Pochettino can get them both fully fit and firing, Spurs will begin to resemble the team that was so hard to stop a year ago. "I know that around Virgil there will be a lot of speculation but this is my decision", Pellegrino 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".
"And we are all so, so, so, so happy because it's an incredible thing to celebrate".
"It's an awesome story for us, as a coaching staff, when you look at him play - not only feel happy [but] so proud of all this he has achieved", said Pochettino, who added that Tuesday match was so open it could have finished 7-4 to Spurs. I'm looking forward, and hope that next year will bring us a lot of victories.