Kane scores his SEVENTH Premier League hat-trick for dominant Spurs as they leapfrog Burnley and Arsenal into fifth place
For Tottenham, a first away win since September and, as Mauricio Pochettino so eloquently put it on Saturday night, a chance 'to believe again and to smile again' after what befell them at Manchester City. But this, above all, was an encapsulation, in one match, of the quite outstanding class Harry Kane has shown these past 12 months.
Though a Dele Alli controversy stalked the club out of Lancashire, Kane was the hugely significant presence, equalling Alan Shearer's Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year and wafting away any notion that Burnley - who started the game higher in the table - are in Tottenham's class.
It's Kane's all-round contribution which still takes the breath away: the ball through the channel from a confined space, the aerial threat, the pace, and the ice-cold finishing that finished things. There was talk at Pochettino's press conference afterwards about 24-year-old Kane, with his 93 Premier League goals, ultimately threatening Shearer's tally of 260 and you could see the Argentine thinking that way. 'Harry has the professionalism,' he said. 'The ethic, the great ethic.'