England and Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has set a new PL record for most goals scored in a calendar year following yet another hattrick in Spurs’ win against Southampton on Tuesday.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017
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Kane inspired Spurs to a comfortable 5-2 defeat against the Saints, with his 39th goal in the PL in 2017, breaking the record set by ex-England internayional. Alan Shearer, 36, in 1995.
The 24-year-old, whose hattrick against Burnley last weekend equalled Shearer’s record, also sees his tally take him above the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid as the highest scorer for club and country in 2017, with the Englishman currently on 56goals.
His second consecutive hattrick earned Spurs a convincing win at Wembley, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side seems to have regained their form after a rather poor run of form.
A good month of December means Tottenham went into the game against Southampton looking for a fifth win in six games in all competitions, including that brilliant win at Turf Moor.
Kane put Spurs ahead after an evenly contested first quarter, off a brilliant Christian Eriksen cross, his 37th goal of the season, to break Shearer’s record before doubling his side lead just before the break.
Two goals in the space of five opening minutes following the break, first from Dele Alli, and then, Heung-Min Son gave Spurs a deserved 4-0 lead.
Sofiane Boufal pulled one back for Southampton after the hour mark, but Kane completed his hattrick when he restored Spurs’ four-goal cushion three minutes later.
However, Dusan Tadic pulled a second goal back for Manuel Pellegrino side, but Tottenham held on for the win, which sees them move into the last Champions League qualifying place, and above Liverpool.
“You’ve had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane,” Shearer, whose 22-year-old record was broken, said via his social media account moments after Kane scored his record-breaking goal.
You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work. 👏🏻🙋🏼♂️
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 26, 2017
“You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work,” he added.