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Defoe: Kane was always a finisher

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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has insisted that he always said that Tottenham ace Harry Kane was always a “finisher”. 

Spurs’ key man finished off the season in spectacular fashion, scoring a hat-trick away at Hull which ensured that he retained the Golden Boot award for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

Three days prior to that game, he had scored four goals away at Leicester City to overtake Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the scoring charts.

Over the course of the season, he struck 29 league goals from his 30 matches, four more strikes than his previous campaign.

England international Defoe would have been a regular member of the Spurs side when Kane was coming through the ranks at White Hart Lane as he revealed what he used to say about him.

“Now it’s special watching this team, not just winning games but going unbeaten at home all season and not just winning, dominating games as well,” Defoe told the club’s official website.

“Arsenal, dominated. I watched that – I watch as many Spurs games as I can – and I can’t remember playing Arsenal and just dominating from start to finish. Look at the games this week! Harry Kane! I always said ‘H’ was a finisher. It’s a special time for the Club.”

For the second season running Kane has claimed the Golden Boot award and fired Mauricio Pochettino’s into the Champions League.

He has struck 78 league goals for the club since his first strike in 2014, still way behind 34-year-old Defoe, who has found the back of the net on 159 occasions in England’s top flight.

Defoe recently suffered relegation with Sunderland but still managed to score 15 league goals for a team that finished rock-bottom under David Moyes who has since resigned from his post.

Both Kane and Defoe will be looking to continue their fine form in front of goal next season as they have the chance of playing alongside each other for England in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

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