Harry Kane grabbed another hat-trick and broke the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year as Tottenham thrashed Southampton at Wembley.
The Spurs and England striker headed home his 37th league goal of 2017 on 22 minutes to surpass Alan Shearer’s landmark, which was set during his time at Blackburn in 1995.
Kane then added two more either side of half-time to bring his total for the year – for both club and country – to 56, two more than Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi.
Before Kane’s third, Dele Alli had made it 3-0 on 49 minutes when he drilled in from outside the area, before setting up Son Heung-min two minutes later, who powered a confident finish past Fraser Forster.
Southampton, without top scorer Charlie Austin, got off the mark when Sofiane Boufal struck low under Hugo Lloris, and Dusan Tadic added a second with a lofted effort.
Despite a second-half recovery, Saints never looked like spoiling the Spurs party and have now gone a month without a win in the Premier League.
Spurs, meanwhile, replace Liverpool in fourth place in the table, with the Reds playing Swansea in Tuesday’s late kick-off.
It was an impressive display from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but the game will always be remembered for Kane’s record-breaking day, as he cemented his status as one of the top flight’s most prolific strikers.
Speaking about his 22-year record being taken, Shearer tweeted: “You’ve had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane. You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work.”
Harry Kane’s record-breaking 2017
- Kane reached his goal-scoring record in 36 games – six fewer than Shearer in 1995
- The 24-year-old has scored more league goals this season than Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Huddersfield
- He is the first player in Premier League history to score six hat-tricks in a single calendar year
- Kane has scored eight Premier League hat-tricks, as many as Thierry Henry and Michael Owen – only Alan Shearer (11) and Robbie Fowler (9) have more in the competition.
- Kane has scored 56 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham and England in 2017. He is Europe’s top scorer over the past 12 months in the five major countries (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France)
- The Spurs striker has now scored 96 Premier League goals for the club – one off Teddy Sheringham’s record
|Top 10 – Premier League goals in a calendar year|
|Harry Kane (2017)||39||36|
|Alan Shearer (1995)||36||42|
|Robin van Persie (2011)||35||36|
|Thierry Henry (2004)||34||39|
|Les Ferdinand (1995)||30||34|
|Alan Shearer (1994)||30||37|
|Luis Suarez (2013)||30||41|
|Sergio Aguero (2016)||29||28|
|Alan Shearer (2002)||27||31|
|Harry Kane (2015)||27||38|
More trouble ahead for Saints
Southampton had drawn three and lost three of their past six games and arrived at Wembley without two key players in Austin, who is injured and suspended, and Virgil van Dijk, who was left out of the squad again amid reports of a January exit.
They looked overwhelmed in the first half and contributed to Tottenham’s dominance.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Danny Rose on the edge of the area and gave away the Christian Eriksen free-kick which led to Kane’s opener.
And Nathan Redmond’s mistake in the Spurs half gifted the hosts possession and their counter-attack finished with Son’s strike for 4-0.
Southampton, three points above the relegation zone in 13th, were able to recover some pride as they twice beat a stuttering Lloris, but it was too little, too late.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side face more tough tasks ahead, with an away trip to Manchester United up next.