WEST BROMWICH (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Harry Kane (AFP photo below) will remain at Tottenham for “a long time” after the forward reached 20 goals for the season with a brace in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Kane’s double and another sublime Christian Eriksen free-kick helped Spurs dominate at the Hawthorns on Saturday as they moved within two points of fourth-placed Southampton, who play Swansea on Sunday.
Inflicting a first defeat on recently appointed Albion manager Tony Pulis capped a perfect week for Spurs after they had sealed a League Cup final date with Chelsea on Wednesday.
Kane, 21, has been widely tipped to sign a new and improved contract in the coming days and, while Tottenham manager Pochettino remained tight-lipped on that development, he made it clear he believes Kane’s long-term future lies at White Hart Lane.
“This is the club’s and the player’s decision,” he said. “This is our business but Harry wants to stay at Tottenham and Tottenham want Harry to stay a long time with us.
“It (the brace) is good for him and he is good for the team, his was a great performance, and whenever a striker scores goals it is good for the team.
“My focus is always that a player can improve — he is young and all players need to show that they want to improve.
“You can never stop your improvement but it was not only him — all the players showed character and this was the challenge to them when we arrived, to start to show character in this way. It is what we have wanted from the beginning.”