Ronald Koeman and Harry Kane enjoyed wonderful January’s and the duo were duly rewarded by winning the Premier League Manager and Player of the Month awards, respectively.
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Koeman guided his Southampton side to three-straight wins in January, while Kane scored five goals in four games for Tottenham Hotspur and his tally now stands at 23 after a scintillating start to February.
Speaking about the Manager of the Month award, his second this season in what has been a sensational debut season in the PL, Koeman is proud of his entire team after big wins against Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle.
“It’s a great feeling and it’s also a big compliment to the whole team,” Koeman said. “It’s a reward for the manager, but it’s for the rest of the team as well. We are doing this together and we are working hard.”
The Dutch manager also believes the other teams in the hunt for a top four finish are scared of Southampton.
“Maybe they thought it would be very difficult for Southampton to keep that spirit, but we are fourth in February,” Koeman added. “They now take us seriously. They are a little bit afraid now, I think.”
As for Kane, he is delighted with his current season and wants to bring trophies and more success to Spurs.
“We’re still in quite a few competitions, we’ve got the final of the Capital One Cup ahead of us, and we’re doing well in the league as well,” Kane said. Exciting times ahead and February’s going to be a big month. Hopefully we can all continue our form.”
Kane played down talk of a potential England call-up in March, despite England boss Roy Hodgson all but confirming he intends to select Kane for the Three Lions, and the Spurs academy product instead looked back on his sides recent good form.
“The north London derby was a big day for me as well,” Kane added. “A special day, probably one I won’t forget for the rest of my career. It was an all-round great team performance and to get the two goals was very special. Beating teams like Arsenal and Chelsea shows we can be up there and challenge. There is still a long way to go but we are focusing on each game as it comes.”