It is an unreal feeling scoring for your club, and I can only imagine the feeling scoring for your country. It’s hard to explain to someone what it means to score for your club, particularly when the goals are important ones. It’s an incredible rush of emotion, and you can see that in players and fans reactions – look at Aston Villa’s supporters on Saturday. It’s an adrenaline rush that you simply can’t match.
Harry Kane has been in exceptional form this season – he was the difference between us and Tottenham on Saturday – and he is a great example of this self-belief. That brace makes it eight goals in six league games and when you’re on that run you just want the games to keep coming. He’s confident going in to games, and he’s confident when he’s front of goal that he’s going to score. That’s the kind of confidence that a striker really wants and it will inevitably benefit the team.
I’ve never got into the habit of setting myself personal targets. Throughout my career, every time I go on to the pitch I try to score as many as possible, and then at the end of the season you can look back and evaluate. If you set yourself a target you can give yourself something to achieve, but if you don’t hit those aims you see yourself as a failure. For me that isn’t a motivation. It was my first season in the Premier League this year and I wanted to go in all guns blazing and just see what I could do.
The goal away to Southampton was probably one of my favourites of the campaign. It was a typical sticker’s instinct really, to turn and volley. The header against West Brom to seal my hat-trick is obviously special as well. We were 2-0 down at one point and I scored the header with less than five minutes left to bag the hat-trick and win the game.
If you’re a confident striker the ball will always fall to you in the right positions. If you’re on a run where you can’t stop scoring the ball will always find its way to your feet, whereas if you’re struggling, that’s the time where the ball is a yard either side of you and you don’t catch a break. When you’re confident you’re more willing to take a risk and try something.
If you’re in form there’s nothing stopping you picking the ball up 25 yards out and having a shot, whereas a striker low on confidence might play it out wide and be slightly more conservative. If you get the goal to kick-start the run, your self-belief keeps growing and you know you’ll keep getting chances to score.
Growing up Alan Shearer was the striker I always looked up to. His Premier League record of 260 goals is an incredible achievement and one that I can’t see anybody getting near. In La Liga Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have a ridiculous goal-scoring record, but the Premier League is completely different and there’s no-one in the modern game who will get close to beating Shearer.
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