Kane: It still hurts to lose second spot to Arsenal

By Richard Johnson

Striker Harry Kane is still wondering where Tottenham got it so wrong to bottle up their title challenge that they went from potential champions to end in a lame third position, again finishing behind eternal rivals Arsenal when it was easier to become Premier League champions.

A 5-1 defeat at Newcastle on the final day left Spurs hanging to the final Champions League automatic spot by the skin of their teeth and Kane has not been able to give an explanation for the collapse at St. James’ Park, describing it as “the worst performance I’ve ever been involved with”.

“We still had a lot to play for, so it’s hard to put a finger on what went wrong,” the 22-year-old said. “We just haven’t been good enough in the last few games – it’s not just Newcastle, we should never have lost to Southampton either.

“It probably started from drawing the West Brom game, but it’s hard to say exactly what went wrong.” Harry Kane won the Premier League golden boot but the England striker says he would have given it up if it meant Tottenham finished second.

England striker Kane admits he would have given up his golden boot accolade if it meant the club finished above Arsenal in the Premier League standings.

Kane scored 25 league goals this season, finishing just ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (24 goals) to win the Premier League golden boot.

Kane said it “hurts” to have finished below Arsenal once again, insisting he would have taken second-place over his golden boot award.

“It hurts and it will leave a bad taste in the mouth over the summer,” the England international said. “It definitely makes it harder Arsenal finishing in second because we know how much it means to the fans.

“When people think they’ve had a bad season and we’ve had a good one yet they still finish above us, it hurts. It definitely makes it hard because we know how much it means to the fans and to the club.

“It would have been nicer to have won the award on a better day. It’s a personal achievement, and something I’m proud of, but if I had the choice between finishing second or having the golden boot, I would rather have won at Newcastle.”

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