Harry Kane was once again the Tottenham Hotspur hero as he bagged the only goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United.
The result, allied to Chelsea’s surprising home draw against Huddersfield Town, means that Spurs will be playing Champions League football once again next season.
In a nervy encounter at Wembley, the hosts seemed short of confidence and invention after a recent slip that had left their place in the top four in doubt.
Kane himself has suffered a relative dip in form but still has four strikes from his last six league outings and demonstrated why manager Mauricio Pochettino has stuck with him despite seeming short of full fitness.
The England forward’s 50th-minute effort, perfectly placed into the top corner from Dele Alli’s cutback, was his 39th of the season for Tottenham across all competitions and 28th in the top flight.
It put to the sword a Newcastle side that had created arguably the better of the chances but found Hugo Lloris in fine fettle between the sticks.
The criticism of Kane over recent weeks has been harsh on a player who has been one of the outstanding strikers in the world game over the past three campaigns.
Besides the numbers, the 24-year-old is vital to how Tottenham play and it is no understatement to say that without him, it is doubtful as to whether they would have been able to maintain a Champions League push.
A third-straight Premier League Golden Boot looks unlikely for Kane, unless he can bag four goals to overtake Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the final match of the term against Leicester City on Sunday.
After that, focus turns to the World Cup finals in Russia that take place this summer, where the Spurs academy graduate will be expected to spearhead his country’s push for glory.