Harry Kane ready to get back on the goal trail with Tottenham
Harry Kane believes his hat-trick at Bournemouth on Sunday could set him on a path to emulating the kind of goalscoring feats he achieved last season.
The England striker helped himself to three goals in Tottenham's 5-1 cruise at Bournemouth - whose goalkeeper Artur Boruc was left red-faced after a number of blunders.
The Cherries took a first-minute lead at the Vitality Stadium as Matt Ritchie flashed an effort past Hugo Lloris.
But Tottenham were soon in the ascendancy as Kane levelled from the spot having been tripped by Boruc, with Mousa Dembele putting them ahead shortly afterwards.
Boruc then spilt a tame Kane cross into the path of Erik Lamela, who made it 3-1 before half-time.
The Polish goalkeeper could do nothing about Kane's second as the forward latched onto a marvellous ball from Christian Eriksen - but he was culpable once again as he spooned Toby Alderweireld's header right into Kane's path to present the 22-year-old with his hat-trick.
Kane's only other goal before Sunday was in the 4-1 win over Manchester City but, having scored 31 goals last season, he is now ready to kick on for the rest of this campaign.
"Yes, definitely," he replied when asked if this kind of performance had been in the offing.
"I feel I have been playing well all season. Sometimes as a striker you need a bit of luck to come your way and I got that today and you have got to be ready to take your chances when they come.
"I'm delighted to get the three goals and get the ball rolling so overall it is a good day."
Kane has emerged as Mauricio Pochettino's undisputed first-choice forward over the last year but was only a substitute for Thursday night's Europa League defeat to Anderlecht.
He was carrying a knock on his knee which he picked up in the recent draw at Liverpool but he came off the bench to miss two gilt-edged opportunities in Brussels.
His knee was still strapped up at Bournemouth but, with Tottenham's next game not until next Monday night against Aston Villa, Kane insists he will not face any sort of spell on the sidelines.
When asked if he is fully fit, Kane said: "Not far off.
"It was a little niggle I picked up against Liverpool towards the end of the game. We didn't want to risk it in midweek, the manager makes his decision on who wants to play but I was fully fit for today.
"I was always going to be playing and it showed with the performance. The strapping was just a precaution, we haven't got a game for eight days now so by then it should be 100 per cent."
Manager Eddie Howe refused to blame anyone for Sunday's loss despite the glaring errors from ex-Southampton goalkeeper Boruc.
The 35-year-old keeper also felt he was not the only one at fault and suggested the whole team now need to work hard as they prepare for next weekend's south-coast derby against his former club.
"Some people say that but that isn't how it is," he said when asked if he was to blame for the goals conceded.
"Talking is not going to do any good to me just now. As a football club we need to take our a**** back to the training ground and work hard on some of the things we need to do.
"I will get down to the training ground and try and prove myself - I have nothing more to say."