It may not be a trophy that many managers take much notice of, but it was so important to Harry Kane that he appealed to the Premier League to get a Christian Eriksen ‘goal’ overturned.
The Eriksen free-kick at Stoke on April 7 was eventually awarded to Kane five days after the game, putting the Spurs striker on 25 goals which was then four behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot.
Kane insisted the ball brushed his shoulder but on Sunday he relied on his more reliable left and right boots to score twice in Tottenham’s goal-fest at Wembley where they beat Leicester 5-4, taking his season’s tally to 30 in the league – the first time he had reached that mark.
It was Kane’s best return for Spurs but he still ended the campaign two behind Salah whose strike for Liverpool in the 4-0 win over Brighton took his league return to 32, a new record for a 38-game Premier League season.
The Premier League representative holding the golden boot trophy may have been sitting in a service station cafe somewhere on the M6 near Birmingham on the off-chance of an extra-special Kane performance, but he would no doubt have been on the northbound carriageway.
While Kane was clearly determined to win the trophy for a third successive season, he must hold his hands up and offer a glowing tribute to Salah’s outstanding first season at Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has 44 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season, and Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane will be spending the next two weeks working out the best way to stop the Egyptian in the Champions League Final in Kiev.
Along with the golden boot Salah also won the Premier League’s player of the season award yesterday, making it a clean sweep following his Football Writers and PFA prizes.
"I believe that when one day I look back, certainly I will be very proud of what I have done."-Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/LY0pkK8Gh7— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) April 21, 2018
Passion, respect and success- that is what Arsene Wenger is all about. Thank u for what you've done for us at @Arsenal and the football world. ⚽️ I'm grateful for everything you've taught me & all the trust you've put in me no matter how difficult the situation was.Merci Boss! pic.twitter.com/2KyoLyWrVT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 20, 2018