Harry Kane’s struck a second hat-trick on the trot as Tottenham Hotspur crushed relegated Hull City 7-1 in their final English Premier League game of the season, with the Spurs striker ending the season with an impressive tally of 29 goals.
With second-place secured before the tie, the Lilywhites could have been excused for taking it easy in a game which was essentially a dead-rubber. But, considering Kane was in the running for the Golden Boot along with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez, Mauricio Pochettino’s men were always going to go all out for a big win.
And once Kane got them underway with a fierce left-footed shot from the edge of the box in the 11th minute before doubling his and his side’s tally two minutes later with a tap-in, Spurs were good value for a record-breaking win.
Spurs midfielder Dele Alli got in on the act in the second minute of first-half injury time but with the result already beyond doubt, the travelling Spurs were urging their side to allow Kane to score his seventh goal in two games.
Hull got a consolation goal in the 66th minute as they tried to make a game of it, with Sam Clucas finishing off a well-worked move of the hosts but within six minutes of conceding, Spurs put two past a team that is set to play in the Championship next season.
Defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick but it was Spurs’ fifth goal which truly delighted their travelling support. For it was Kane who finished well after All had slipped him through, to get back-to-back hat-tricks, surge ahead in the race for the Golden Boot.
Defenders Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld got goals to add gloss to the score, which was unsurprisingly, Spurs’s biggest win of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
With 29 goals to his name, Kane was well ahead of Lukaku (24), Sanchez (24) in the goalscoring charts, in a season which is made even more remarkable by the fact that the 23-year-old striker did not play for about three months due to an injury.
With the monumental win, Spurs finished the season on 86 points, seven behind champions Chelsea and eight ahead of third-placed Manchester City.