Harry Kane says Mo Salah Golden Boot battle pushed him to new heights

Harry Kane has said the emergence of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool has driven him to new heights. The Tottenham Hotspur striker finished the season with a career-best 30 Premier League goals, although it was not enough for him to win the Golden Boot for a third year in succession.
Salah took the award with 32 goals, a record for a 38-game season. Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have each scored 31 times in a 38-game campaign.
Kane scored 25 in 2015-16 and 29 in 2016-17 and he got 21 in 2014-15 – his breakthrough season – when he finished as the runner-up to Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero in the Golden Boot. The 24-year-old is determined to maintain his upward path and has set himself the target of bettering Salah’s total.
“It’s good to have competition and it’s great for the Premier League to have two players at the 30-goal mark,” Kane said. “For me, it was a target to improve on last year, when I got 29, and it was nice to get to that 30-goal mark. Mo has done great this year, he deserves it, he deserves the Golden Boot. I am looking forward to the competition again next season.
“I haven’t seen Mo to talk with him. But this is what you want at the highest level – you want to be fighting for things and I think we pushed each other. He broke the record for a 38-game season and that is what I will try to do next season.
“For me, it is about doing it year after year. This is my fourth year now and the first time I have got to 30 goals in the Prem. Now it’s about getting to 30 goals for the next two or three years. That’s the aim. Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis and that’s what defines a good player from a great player. Mo has done amazing and he looks like a great player. We’ll see if we can both continue it next season.”
Kane’s consistency helped Tottenham to a third-placed finish and a third consecutive Champions League qualification. What made the achievement even more noteworthy, in his opinion, was that they had to play at Wembley while their stadium at White Hart Lane was being built.
“It has been a good season,” Kane said. “To get in the Champions League was very important in the new stadium. It’s not been easy, especially playing at Wembley, as well. The top six now is so strong, everyone’s really competitive, so to finish in the top three for a third year in a row is brilliant.”