Harry Kane leading Tottenham Hotspur push for a top-four finish

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The Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the English Premier League on Feb. 10 was a huge blow to their hopes of a top-four finish. Spurs are now in sixth place with 43 points and need to pass fifth-place Arsenal and fourth-place Southampton to earn a berth in the European Champions League next season. However, they’re still within striking range as the club’s 43 points after 25 games means they’re just two behind Arsenal and three back of Southampton. In fact, they’re only four behind third-place Manchester United too.

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Chelsea’s leading the league with 59 points followed by reigning titleholders Manchester City with 59, so a realistic goal for Spurs is a third or fourth-place position this year. With young English striker being the league’s hottest scorer at the moment, there’s a good chance Tottenham will achieve their goal. However, the loss to Liverpool was a setback since a win on Merseyside would have seen them leapfrog Arsenal and widen their current one-point lead on Liverpool to seven points.

According to bet365, Tottenham Hotspur is 400/1 to win the league this year, but are a realistic 4/1 to finish in the top four.

But if the 21-year-old Kane can keep banging in the goals then the immediate future looks pretty bright. Kane was recently named the player of the month in the English Premier League for January and he’s been just as good or even better so far in February. The youngster hit the back of the net five times last month and should soon be called up to the English national senior squad by manager Roy Hodgson. Kane’s five goals came in all competitions, but his biggest two tallies came in Spurs’ 5-3 win over Chelsea in a London derby.

Overall, Kane has notched 23 goals so far for Spurs this season, which leads all Premier League players. He beat out Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Oscar for the January award, with Oscar having a fine month due t his three goals and pair of assists. English striker Dwight Gayle was also nominated for the monthly honors after scoring a trio of goals for Crystal Palace in January. The other playing on the list was German defender/midfielder Emre Can of Liverpool. Can helped his side record three clean sheets. Also in consideration were Spanish international midfielder Santi Cazorla and Southampton’s Jose Fonte.

Kane has impressed just about everybody this year due to his fine play and knack for putting the ball in the net. He’s received accolades from numerous experts, including Hodgson and former England captain David Beckham. Spurs are certainly hoping Kane can keep up his fine play as it will give them a legitimate shot at the Champions League. Off course, the club is also aiming to finish higher in the table than arch rival Arsenal, something they haven’t managed to do since way back in the 1994/95 season.

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