Tottenham won what many labelled as a “dead rubber’’ against Leicester City on Friday.
But for Harry Kane, that game was just as important as any other.
The Spurs smothered the Foxes 6-1 at the King Power Stadium, with Kane unleashing a brilliant four-goal tally that raised his output to 26 this season.
That enabled him to catapult tot the top of the league scoring table heading into the final day of matches on Sunday. Simply put, that was a quadruple strike Kane would cherish.
Tottenham will finish second behind champions Chelsea, even if they lose their final game of the season at Hull City on Sunday.
So we expect Kane to be hunting for goals again when they face the Tigers as he attempts to win the Golden Boot. After his incredible feat against the Foxes, Kane now leads Everton’s Romelu Lukaku by two goals and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez by three.
Leicester end their campaign by hosting AFC Bournemouth also on final day of action this season, knowing a better position means more prize money.
Kane has to thank Heung Min Son for his goal. The South Korean attacker broke into Leicester’s penalty area from the right in the 25th minute before feeding Kane who fired past Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Son himself was in the spotlight as he came up with a double. He scored the second goal for the visitors, this time Dele Alli providing assist. It was Son’s 20th goal this campaign.
As the halftime whistle, it was all Tottenham doing the better and they were deserving of that 2-nil advantage.
Meanwhile, the Foxes simply did not do enough to make serious threat.
But hold your horses, Leicester suddenly came alive in the second half as young left-back Ben Chilwell struck in the 57th minute. It was his first senior goal for the club.
And just as when Leicester thought they were back in the fight, Kane doused their ambitions with cold water by producing his second goal in the 63rd.
Son added to the superb show with his second goal in the 70th minute, with Kane, who else, as assist man.
A right-footed attempt from Kane in the 83rd did not find the mark but his third came in the 88th as substitute Filip Lesniak fed him, with Harry rolling the ball to his right foot and slotting it into the back of the net.
Four minutes later the fourth was in the bag under pouring rain. Kane got the ball from Ben Davies on the edge of the area and scored easily. Domination and rampant display completed!
Oh yeah, there you go again, naysayers. Gritting your teeth at the sight of two teams playing no-pressure football.
That match was seen as meaningless alright, but Kane and Spurs deserve a massive praise. And if we were a little bit merciful, the Foxes too.
And before we forget, who said worthless games are uninteresting?
Kane and Tottenham knew the league is lost but they did not give up, playing out there as if the title was at stake.