Record-breaker Kane leads Spurs to big win

"He deserves everything. It's been nine years between [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and now Kane's name is there".

7 Got his seventh hat-trick of the year on Saturday.

Kane, in particular, picked up exactly where he left off before he tucked into his Christmas dinner, scoring his second hat-trick in four days to blow Mauricio Pellegrino's team away.

In the bulld-up to Tuesday's clash, Kane has spoken of his intent of breaking Alan Shearer's all-time record of 260 goals and if he keeps going at his current pace, there's no reason why the Spurs striker won't be able to accomplish the feat.

Kane, 24, has scored 56 goals for his club and England and is the first player after Ronaldo and Messi to finish 2017 as the year's highest scorer in Europe since 2009.

Spurs have been the Premier League's best team over Christmas in each of the last two seasons - winning seven straight matches from December 14 previous year - and their back-to-back title challenges have been built on formidable second halves to the season. That being said it's his incredible goalscoring that has grabbed the headlines. Son was lively again and the four of them did not give Saints' defence a moment's rest.

"Southampton have gone - no Charlie Austin, no Virgil van Dijk, so I can not see anything other than a Tottenham win".

Yet, with Tottenham already out of the title race and in a scrap for a Champions League place, Pochettino may yet attempt to bring in a new face in January. But this performance offered hope that Spurs could, perhaps, begin to chase down Manchester United.

Lionel Messi finished 2017 on 54 goals for club and country.

At both ends, they were missing key players but their lack of organisation and fight was embarrassing, proving far more costly than the absences of Virgil van Dijk and Charlie Austin. It's an approach that helped Burnley, Swansea and West Brom all earned points there. And just after 67 minutes he completed his eighth hat-trick of 2017 (with six of them coming in the Premier League).

Alli then turned provider as Spurs quickly broke from Nathan Redmond's mistake on the edge of Spurs' area, Alli strode forward before playing the through ball for Son on the right-hand side of the area and made no mistake as he fired it low into the opposite corner.

  • Aubrey Nash