Gary Lineker has tipped Harry Kane to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
Tottenham striker Kane has won it twice previously and Lineker believes a summer without competitive football will boost his chances of winning a third.
Last season Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah top scored with 22 goals each to share the prize, while injury ruled Kane out of contention at the end of the season and he finished with 17.
“I’m sure it will be [between] the usual suspects like [Sergio] Aguero, Kane, Salah, Mane and Aubmayang [competing for it] – I think Aguero may not play quite as frequently, so I think Harry Kane this year,” the BT Sport presenter said, pointing out the Liverpool forwards have been involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.
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“Harry hasn’t played in any competitions in the summer and had a couple of months off at the end of last season [through injury], so will come back fighting fit and fresher than anyone else.
“We know he’s an unbelievably good goal scorer and I fancy him to have a good season and will be hopeful he will avoid another ankle injury.”
“I think Harry would love to spend his entire career at Tottenham,” he said, “but I also think he’s ambitious enough to want to win things.”
Lineker, whose Golden Boot success at the 1986 World Cup earned him a move to Barcelona before later playing for Tottenham, believes Kane would be wanted by Europe’s big boys, too.
“If he did leave, there would be a lot of clubs after him, including the giants abroad,” he added.
“From my personal experience, I hope Tottenham win things and he never leaves, but if he does leave it would be great to see him at Barcelona or Real Madrid.”
Manager Mauricio Pochettino said this season winning silverware is a personal aim for him.
“My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy,” he admitted. “Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League.
“I am not saying it is time. I don’t want to put pressure on the team or the club,” he added, reflecting on the near miss in the Champions League final.
“You are always there but you cannot touch the glory. That is personally – me. My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season is to lift a trophy.”
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