Harry Kane captured his third Golden Boot on what most believe was his final appearance in a Tottenham shirt, a fitting end to a golden era at his boyhood club.
Kane scored his 23rd of the season on a wonderfully struck half-volley in Spurs’ 4-2 comeback win against Leicester. Mo Salah failed to score against Crystal Palace in Liverpool’s final match, confirming yet another individual honour for Kane at Tottenham.
Kane’s third Golden Boot, considering his probable departure from the club, feels slightly anti-climactic. But it’s yet another reminder of how prolific Kane is, and what losing him will mean to the football club.
Kane has reinforced the fact that team trophies will always be more important to him than individual honours. The Premier League’s 2020-2021 Golden Boot winner will take great pride in yet another special individual accolade, but the prospect of him leaving in the summer will make his achievement feel slightly bittersweet.
It will also reinforce the main reason he wants to leave. Never short of individual honours, Kane has accumulated countless personal achievements. Unfortunately those impressive individual honours do not satiate his thirst for team success.
Nobody, though, can take yet another imperious season at Tottenham away from Kane. Not only did he win the Golden Boot, he finished atop the assists’ chart too. Kane, with 14 helpers, finishing two ahead of Bruno Fernandes.
Tottenham’s talisman hasn’t won the Golden Boot since successive seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. It’s a fitting way for Kane, when he leaves this summer, to end his storied, legendary tenure at Tottenham.
Tears will be shed when he leaves, but Kane will forever be venerated in north London for all he has contributed, and sacrificed, since scoring his first Premier League goal against Sunderland seven years ago.