Harry Kane has admitted he has had “fire in his belly” in a bid to prove wrong the doubters who called him a one-season wonder – and admits the scheduling of Tottenham’s match on Monday means he may have to miss the Player of the Year awards.
Jamie Vardy is his main rival for the Golden Boot, but with Monday’s double at Stoke taking the Spurs man two ahead of the Leicester frontman, the minimum one-match ban his England colleague will serve could further aid Kane’s cause.
The 24-goal tally is one more than rudderless Aston Villa have managed in total, and underlines how laughable predictions were that the striker would be a one-season wonder.
“There was a lot of talk at the start of the season,” Kane said. “It fuelled the fire in my belly to want to prove them wrong and I’ve gone and done that.
“It doesn’t stop here for me. It’s not a case of ‘okay, I’m happy where I am’.
“I want to go and get more goals, create my chances for the team and do my best for Tottenham Hotspur.”
Kane is already looking ahead to Monday’s home clash with West Brom, which comes a day after the Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner in central London.
The 22-year-old is third favourite behind Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Vardy for the Player of the Year gong, and is also on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year accolade, although he may not be able to attend.
“I’m not sure if I will be able to make it, with the game on Monday,” he said.
“Sometimes you’ve got to look at the bigger picture, and Monday is more important for us as a team.
“I haven’t spoken to the gaffer about it. I’ll see what he wants me to do and we’ll go from there.”