HARRY KANE says Tottenham are title contenders — if they’ll cease being ‘Spursy’.
The England skipper agrees the season is shaping as much as be open, similar to in 2015-16 when Leicester had been shock champions.
Harry Kane is hoping to fireside Spurs to a primary Premier League title
Tottenham go to West Brom on Sunday and got here into the weekend in fourth — two factors off shock leaders Southampton.
And striker Kane, 27, mentioned: “Whenever you have a look at the power of our squad, you’d undoubtedly say we’ve bought sufficient to win a title.
“However I’d additionally say we’ve been shut during the last 4, 5 years however simply haven’t fairly bought over the road.
“This can be a season the place I don’t assume one workforce’s going to run away with it, like Liverpool did final yr.
“So there’s going to be alternatives for different groups to place good runs collectively and get proper up the desk.”
The ‘Spursy’ label resurfaced when the North Londoners let slip a 3-0 lead within the ultimate eight minutes of their dwelling recreation in opposition to West Ham final month.
However Kane insists gritty wins of their subsequent two Premier League matches confirmed Spurs might produce the type of consistency required to be real challengers.
He mentioned: “To concede three objectives like we did was a shock to everybody. Nevertheless it was additionally a wake-up name.
“We had a bit of chat amongst a couple of of us and mentioned we have to do higher and we’ve seen that in opposition to Burnley and Brighton.
“The final two video games have been good for confidence, simply to grind out outcomes and to get good, ugly wins beneath our belt.
“There’s going to be occasions within the season when it’s going to occur once more and we want to ensure we’re all on the identical wavelength to recover from the road.”
If Tottenham are lastly going to win that elusive trophy, particularly a primary league title for 60 YEARS, they may want Kane to remain match and firing.
Final weekend’s disputed penalty against Brighton — his sixth purpose of the season — put him joint tenth with Les Ferdinand on 149 within the all-time Premier League goalscorers record.
However he’s additionally the main supplier of assists within the high flight, with eight up to now.
Son Heung-min has been the principle beneficiary of his link-play and Kane added: “I’ve at all times dropped deeper as a 9 anyway. My entire youth workforce profession, I performed as a ten.
“I’ve at all times had that understanding of how you can drop into them pockets.
The England captain is backing Spurs to indicate their title credentials by grinding out outcomes as they’ve in opposition to Burnley and Brighton
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“We’ve been extra medical as a workforce. Sonny’s been taking just about each likelihood he’s been given up to now this yr. It’s been a improvement of my recreation and perhaps Sonny’s recreation as properly.”
Jose Mourinho has had his critics since changing Mauricio Pochettino 12 months in the past however he has to take some credit score for the profitable begin to the season and Kane’s productiveness.
Regardless of a punishing schedule, Spurs made it into the group stage of the Europa League and the quarter-finals of the League Cup whereas bouncing again from an opening-day defeat to Everton.
Mourinho’s facet additionally got here into this weekend as the highest scorers within the Premier League and with top-of-the-line defensive data.
Kane mentioned: “It’s by no means simple for a supervisor to come back midway via a season.
“Particularly with the lockdown as properly. It’s been a tough time.
“I really feel like we have now a pleasant, huge, healthy squad and it permits Jose to stamp his identification on the workforce.
“It’s been a superb begin. There have nonetheless been factors we’ve dropped in successful positions however up to now, so good.
“If we are able to win this weekend, we’ll be across the high of the desk going into that worldwide break.”
However Kane, like all Spurs followers, desires greater than that.
The ache of ending third in 2016 and second behind Chelsea the next season, to not point out defeat by Liverpool within the 2019 Champions League ultimate, remains to be felt.
Kane added: “Each time you lose an enormous recreation, or a ultimate or a title race, you at all times want you possibly can have it again and provides each ounce you could have.
“There’s quite a lot of us on this squad who’ve been right here now for a time period and haven’t received something.
“Everyone knows it takes an terrible lot to recover from the road and we simply must discover a approach of doing it.”
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