Record-breaker Kane leads Spurs to big win

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli. AFP

Alan Shearer, the Premier League's all-time top scorer, saw one of his records tumble on Tuesday as Harry Kane notched his 37th and 38th goals of 2017 in the Premier League against Southampton and the former Newcastle United legend was quick to congratulate the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Kane also outperformed Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year and became the first player to score six Premier League hat-tricks in a year.

Spurs won for the fourth time in five league games and remaining one point behind fourth-place Liverpool, which routed Swansea 5-0. At the season's halfway mark, Kane's 15 goals have him leading the Golden Boot standings, level with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Paul Merson has admitted that he can't see anything other than a comfortable Tottenham Hotspur win against Southampton on Boxing Day at Wembley.

His manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he cannot only reach that goal but has the capacity to get even better in the coming years.Kane's triple means he has now scored 53 goals in all competitive games for club and country this year, leaving him just a goal behind Barcelona's Argentine master Lionel Messi.

His 56 goals is an astonishing feat when you consider the last players to outscore both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - who have shared the past 10 Ballon d'Or awards - in a calendar year were Edin Dzeko (44 goals) and David Villa (42 goals) in 2009.

His first goal came from the penalty spot after a controversial decision to give a foul on Dele Alli when there was only minimal contact.

Spurs have been the Premier League's best team over Christmas in each of the last two seasons - winning seven straight matches from December 14 previous year - and their back-to-back title challenges have been built on formidable second halves to the season. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. Alli now has four assists and a goal in two games and looks back to his best, while Eriksen was the architect of the hosts' best moves.

"Southampton have gone - no Charlie Austin, no Virgil van Dijk, so I can not see anything other than a Tottenham win".

"They are fantastic players here".

That rate is higher than any of the 26 men who have scored 100-plus Premier League goals.

Alli then turned provider as Spurs quickly broke from Nathan Redmond's mistake on the edge of Spurs' area, Alli strode forward before playing the through ball for Son on the right-hand side of the area and made no mistake as he fired it low into the opposite corner.

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