Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that he thinks Harry Kane is the best striker in the world after his hat trick helped Tottenham beat Southampton 5 – 2 yesterday.

It was Kane’s eighth hat trick of the year for Spurs in all competitions. It also took his total to 39 Premier League goals in 2017 and broke Alan Shearer’s record for goals scored in a calendar year.

Kane will now end the year with 56 goals to his name from just 52 matches for club and country, more than any other player in Europe’s top-five leagues.

Speaking after the game Pochettino said, “First of all I want to congratulate Harry Kane, a massive achievement for him, well deserved. And we are all so, so, so, so happy because it’s an amazing thing to celebrate. For me, he’s world class. I think today, (number) one striker in the world, specific position, who’s better than him?”

Later on speaking to Sky Sports Pochettino added, “He deserves everything. It’s been nine years between [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and now Kane’s name is there. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m so happy for him. I’d like to congratulate him. Well done. It’s not surprising to us because every day we see how he works, the determination, how professional he is and how he takes care of himself.”

Pochettino now hopes that his team can continue their positive momentum into the next year.

“We are so ambitious, but I’m happy we finished the year in a good way. I’m looking forward, and hope that next year will bring us a lot of victories. We just want to win every game. The mentality is important for us to keep, this spirit, and then who knows what can happen.”