Harry Kane says he is confident of catching Mohamed Salah in the race for this season’s Premier League Golden Boot.
Salah, who has scored 29 league goals so far this term, missed Liverpool’s trip to Everton at the weekend through injury.
That gave Kane, making his first league start since returning from an ankle inury, the chance to make up some ground against Stoke on Saturday.
Kane has found the net 24 times in the Premier League this season, and he claimed to have scored his 25th when Christian Eriksen’s free-kick brushed off his shoulder at the bet365 Stadium.
However, the goal has officially been given to Eriksen, meaning Kane is still five goals behind Salah.
That’s certainly a blow to Kane’s chances of winning the Golden Boot for a third successive year.
But the Tottenham striker remains confident he can catch up with Salah before the end of the campaign.
“Yes, I still believe I can [catch Salah]. Whatever happens, there are still games to go. I’ve got to focus on my game and I can’t control what he does,” Kane said (via Goal).
“Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season.
“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball! But there’s nothing I can do.
“If they turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word. It is what it is, but the most important thing is that we won the game.”
Despite being five goals behind Salah, I wouldn’t rule Kane out just yet.
He scored seven goals in the final two matches of last season – a similarly impressive run from now until the end of the current campaign could see him clinch the Golden Boot once again.