Harry Kane beats Mohamed Salah to the 2020-21 Premier League Golden Boot award after netting 23rd of the season in potentially his final game for Tottenham
- Harry Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot after his goal vs Leicester
- He finishes the season with 23 goals and 14 assists from 35 league matches
- The England captain saw off competition from Mohamed Salah on 22 goals
- Kane is linked with an exit, however, and may have played his final Spurs game
Harry Kane has seen off the competition from Mohamed Salah to win the 2020/21 Premier League Golden Boot award, while also taking the topping the assists charts.
The forward, 27, notched his 23rd goal of the season as Tottenham won 4-2 away at Leicester to ensure they finished above Arsenal and in seventh place, earning them a spot in the inaugural Europa Conference League.
Meanwhile, Salah was unable to score at home to Crystal Palace, though Liverpool claimed a crucial 2-0 victory, which saw them finish third and earn a Champions League spot alongside Chelsea.
It means Kane has now won the prestigious award three times, adding to his 2015/16 and 2016/17 triumphs, and he becomes the first player in 22 years to claim the most goals and assists in a single Premier League campaign.
In what has been an astonishing season for the England captain, Kane recorded more Premier League goal involvements (37) in a single campaign than ever before, with his previous best coming in 2016/17 with 36.
Harry Kane has won the 2020/21 Premier League Golden Boot with 23 goals in 35 matches
Mohamed Salah was unable to score against Crystal Palace, finishing the season on 22 goals
With one game remaining, the battle had dwindled down to a two-horse race, with Kane and Salah equal on 22 goals, sharing exactly the same goal-per-minute ratio, despite the latter playing two games more.
Though Kane had 13 assists to his name – which he made 14 against Leicester – as opposed to Salah’s four, the Golden Boot was to either be won or shared, with assists not a determining factor in the standings.
And Kane made sure of the victory with a stunning first-half strike against Leicester, powerfully volleying Son Heung-min’s deflected cross through the legs of a helpless Kasper Schmeichel.
The achievement could be a fitting finale in perhaps Kane’s last-ever game as a Tottenham player, with the England captain heavily linked with a move away from the club.
Kane has recently been vocal about his desires for team accolades – not just individual achievements – having told Tottenham he wants to leave the club this summer.
Speaking in a highly insightful interview with Gary Neville for an episode of The Overlap podcast earlier this week, Kane revealed he will soon hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy about his future.
Asked whether his career was at a crossroads, Kane said: ‘I think so. I think it’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club.
He added: ‘I’m sure that [Daniel Levy] will want to set out the plan of where he sees it but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career this moment in time.’
More to follow….