EPL result : Kane bags a first half hattrick as Spurs beat Stoke 

Tottenham 4 – 0 Stoke city

Harry Kane continued his electric form in front of goal by grabbing his third hat-trick in just nine games as Tottenham eased to a 4-0 victory over Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Spurs were at their swaggering best at White Hart Lane but Stoke contributed to their own demise with an abject display of defending, with Kane more than happy to cash in, before Dele Alli added a fourth on the stroke of half-time.

Kane’s strikes in the 14th, 32nd and 37th minutes mean the striker has now scored two hat-tricks in a week and three in nine appearances, coming on the heels of trebles against West Brom in the league and Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend.

Victory also sees Tottenham leapfrog Manchester City, reducing the gap behind leaders Chelsea back to 10 points while pulling four clear of Liverpool in fifth. Stoke, meanwhile, stay 10th.

For all Mauricio Pochettino’s flourishing young talents, this was a clear reminder that Kane remains the Argentinian’s most valuable asset.

The 23-year-old’s first goal was his 100th at club level and meant he has now hit the 20-goal mark for the third season in a row. He is on course to retain the Premier League’s Golden Boot, now tied at the top of the charts on 17 with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

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